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Hebrews 6:10

    Hebrews 6:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For God is true, and will not put away from him the memory of your work and of your love for his name, in the help which you gave and still give to the saints.

    Webster's Revision

    for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister.

    World English Bible

    For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye shewed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister.

    Definitions for Hebrews 6:10

    Minister - Servants.
    Saints - Men and women of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 6:10

    God is not unrighteous - God is only bound to men by his own promise: this promise he is not obliged to make; but, when once made, his righteousness or justice requires him to keep it; therefore, whatever he has promised he will certainly perform. But he has promised to reward every good work and labor of love, and he will surely reward yours; God's promise is God's debt.

    Every good work must spring from faith in the name, being, and goodness of God; and every work that is truly good must have love for its motive, as it has God for its end.

    The word του κοπου, labor, prefixed to love, is wanting in almost every MS. and version of importance. Griesbach has left it out of the text.

    Ministered to the saints - Have contributed to the support and comfort of the poor Christians who were suffering persecution in Judea. As they had thus ministered, and were still ministering, they gave full proof that they had a common cause with the others; and this was one of the things that proved them to be in a state of salvation.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 6:10

    For God is not unrighteous - God will do no wrong. He will not forget or fail to reward the endeavors of his people to promote his glory, and to do good. The meaning here is, that by their kindness in ministering to the wants of the saints, they had given full evidence of true piety. If God should forget that, it would be "unrighteous:

    (1) because there was a propriety that it should be remembered; and,

    (2) because it is expressly promised that it shall not fail of reward; Matthew 10:42.

    Your work - Particularly in ministering to the wants of the saints.

    Labour of love - Deeds of benevolence when there was no hope of recompense, or when love was the motive in doing it.

    Which ye have showed toward his name - Toward him - for the word "name" is often used to denote the person himself. They had showed that they loved God by their kindness to his people; Matthew 25:40, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

    In that ye have ministered to the saints - You have supplied their wants. This may refer either to the fact that they contributed to supply the wants of the poor members of the church (compare the note on Galatians 2:10), or it may refer to some special acts of kindness which they had shown to suffering and persecuted Christians. It is not possible now to know to what particular acts the apostle refers. We may learn.

    (1) that to show kindness to Christians, because they are Christians, is an important evidence of piety.

    (2) it will in no case be unrewarded. God is not "unjust;" and he will remember an act of kindness shown to his people - even though it be nothing but giving a cup of cold water.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 6:10

    6:10 For - Ye give plain proof of your faith and love, which the righteous God will surely reward.