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Hebrews 12:3

    Hebrews 12:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give thought to him who has undergone so much of the hate of sinners against himself, so that you may not be tired and feeble of purpose.

    Webster's Revision

    For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.

    World English Bible

    For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don't grow weary, fainting in your souls.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against themselves, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 12:3

    For consider him - Αναλογισασθε - ἱνα μη καμητε, ταις ψυχαις - εκλυμενοι· Attentively observe and analyze every part of his conduct, enter into his spirit, examine his motives and object, and remember that, as he acted, ye are called to act; he will furnish you with the same Spirit, and will support you with the same strength. He bore a continual opposition of sinners against himself; but he conquered by meekness, patience, and perseverance: he has left you an example that ye should follow his steps. If ye trust in him, ye shall receive strength; therefore, howsoever great your opposition may be, ye shall not be weary: if ye confide in and attentively look to him, ye shall have continual courage to go on, and never faint in your minds.

    Here is a continued allusion to the contenders in the Grecian games, who, when exhausted in bodily strength and courage, yielded the palm to their opponents, and were said καμνειν, to be weary or exhausted; εκλυεσθαι, to be dissolved, disheartened, or to have lost all bravery and courage.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 12:3

    For consider him - Attentively reflect on his example that you may be able to bear your trials in a proper manner.

    That endured such contradiction of sinners - Such opposition. The reference is to the Jews of the time of the Saviour, who opposed his plans, perverted his sayings, and ridiculed his claims. Yet, regardless of their opposition, he persevered in the course which he had marked out, and went patiently forward in the execution of his plans. The idea is, that we are to pursue the path of duty and follow the dictates of conscience, let the world say what they will about it. In doing this we cannot find a better example than the Saviour. No opposition of sinners ever turned him from the way which he regarded as right; no ridicule ever caused him to abandon any of his plans; no argument, or expression of scorn, ever caused him for a moment to deviate from his course.

    Lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds - The meaning is, that there is great danger of being disheartened and wearied out by the opposition which you meet with. But with the bright example of one who was never disheartened, and who never became weary in doing the will of God, you may persevere. The best means of leading a faithful Christian life amidst the opposition which we may encounter, is to keep the eye steadily fixed on the Saviour.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 12:3

    12:3 Consider - Draw the comparison and think. The Lord bore all this; and shall his servants bear nothing? Him that endured such contradiction from sinners - Such enmity and opposition of every kind Lest ye be weary - Dull and languid, and so actually faint in your course.

    Verses Related to Hebrews 12:3

    Hebrews 12:4 - Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
    Hebrews 12:1 - Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
    Proverbs 28:13 - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.