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Hebrews 13:4

    Hebrews 13:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let married life be honoured among all of you and not made unclean; for men untrue in married life will be judged by God.

    Webster's Revision

    Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

    World English Bible

    Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let marriage be had in honour among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 13:4

    Marriage is honorable in all - Let this state be highly esteemed as one of God's own instituting, and as highly calculated to produce the best interests of mankind. This may have been said against the opinions of the Essenes, called Therapeutae, who held marriage in little repute, and totally abstained from it themselves as a state of comparative imperfection. At the same time it shows the absurdity of the popish tenet, that marriage in the clergy is both dishonorable and sinful; which is, in fact, in opposition to the apostle, who says marriage is honorable in All; and to the institution of God, which evidently designed that every male and female should be united in this holy bond; and to nature, which in every part of the habitable world has produced men and women in due proportion to each other.

    The bed undefiled - Every man cleaving to his own wife, and every wife cleaving to her own husband, because God will judge, i.e. punish, all fornicators and adulterers.

    Instead of δε but, γαρ, for, is the reading of AD*, one other, with the Vulgate, Coptic, and one of the Itala; it more forcibly expresses the reason of the prohibition: Let the bed be undefiled, For whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 13:4

    Marriage is honorable in all - The object here is to state that "honor" is to be shown to the marriage relation. It is not to be undervalued by the pretence of the superior purity of a state of celibacy, as if marriage were improper for any class of people or any condition of life; and it should not be dishonored by any violation of the marriage contract. The course of things has shown that there was abundant reason for the apostle to assert with emphasis, that "marriage was an honorable condition of life." There has been a constant effort made to show that celibacy was a more holy state; that there was something in marriage that rendered it "dishonorable" for those who are in the ministry, and for those of either sex who would be eminently pure. This sentiment has been the cause of more abomination in the world than any other single opinion claiming to have a religious sanction. It is one of the supports on which the Papal system rests, and has been one of the principal upholders of all the corruptions in monasteries and nunneries. The apostle asserts, without any restriction or qualification, that marriage is honorable in all; and this proves that it is lawful for the ministers of religion to marry, and that the whole doctrine of the superior purity of a state of celibacy is false; see this subject examined in the notes on 1 Corinthians 7.

    And the bed undefiled - Fidelity to the marriage vow.

    But whore mongers and adulterers God will judge - All licentiousness of life, and all violations of the marriage covenant, will be severely punished by God; see the notes on 1 Corinthians 6:9. The sins here referred to prevailed everywhere, and hence, there was the more propriety for the frequent and solemn injunctions to avoid them which we find in the Scriptures.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 13:4

    13:4 Marriage is honourable in, or for all sorts of men, clergy as well as laity: though the Romanists teach otherwise. And the bed undefiled - Consistent with the highest purity; though many spiritual writers, so called, say it is only licensed whoredom. But whoremongers and adulterers God will judge - Though they frequently escape the sentence of men.

    Verses Related to Hebrews 13:4

    Colossians 3:19 - Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
    Proverbs 18:22 - Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
    1 Peter 3:1 - Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;