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Hebrews 6:9

    Hebrews 6:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But, my loved ones, though we say this, we are certain that you have better things in you, things which go with salvation;

    Webster's Revision

    But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:

    World English Bible

    But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things for you, and things that accompany salvation, even though we speak like this.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 6:9

    But, beloved - Here he softens what he had before said; having given them the most solemn warning against apostasy, he now encourages them to persevere, commends the good that is in them, and excites them to watchfulness and activity.

    Better things of you - Than that you shall resemble that unfruitful ground that can be improved by no tillage, and is thrown into waste, and is fit only for the beasts of the forests to roam in.

    Things that accompany salvation - Τα εχομενα σωτηριας· Things that are suitable to a state of salvation; you give proofs still that you have not, whatever others have done, departed from the living God. Several of your brethren have already apostatized, and the whole nation is in a state of rebellion against God; and, in consequence of their final rejection of Christ and his Gospel, are about to be finally rejected by God. They must meet with destruction; they have the things that are suitable to, and indicative of, a state of reprobation; the wrath of God will come upon them to the uttermost; but, while they meet with destruction, you shall meet with salvation. It is worthy of remark, that no genuine Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem; they all, previously to the siege by Titus, escaped to Pella, in Coelosyria; and it is as remarkable that not one Jew escaped! all either fell by the sword, perished by famine, or were led into captivity! According to their own imprecation, His blood be upon us and our children, God visited and avenged the innocent blood of Christ upon them and upon their posterity; and they continue to be monuments of his displeasure to the present day.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 6:9

    But, beloved, we are persuaded better things - We confidently hope for better things respecting you. We trust that you are true Christians; that you will produce the proper fruits of holiness; that you will be saved. "Things that accompany salvation." Things that pertain to salvation. The Greek phrase here means, "near to salvation," or things that are conjoined with salvation. So Coverdale renders it, "and that salvation is nigher." The form of expression seems to refer to what was said in Hebrews 6:8. The land overrun with briars was "nigh" to cursing; the things which Paul saw in them were "nigh" to salvation. From this verse it is evident:

    (1) that the apostle regarded them as sincere Christians; and,

    (2) that he believed they would not fall away.

    Though he had stated what must be the inevitable consequence if Christians "should" apostatize, yet he says that in their case he had a firm conviction that it would not occur. There is no inconsistency in this. We may be certain that if a man should take arsenic it would kill him; and yet we may have the fullest conviction that he will not do it. Is not this verse a clear proof that Paul felt that it was certain that true Christians would never fall away and be lost? If he supposed that they might, how could he be persuaded that it would not happen to them? Why not to them as well as to others? Hence, learn that while we assure people that if they should fall away they would certainly perish we may nevertheless address them with the full persuasion that they will be saved.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 6:9

    6:9 But, beloved - in this one place he calls them so. he never uses this appellation, but in exhorting. We are persuaded of you things that accompany salvation - We are persuaded you are now saved from your sins; and that ye have that faith, love, and holiness, which lead to final salvation. Though we thus speak - To warn you, lest you should fall from your present steadfastness.