Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 4


The Christian's rest: we are to enter into it through Jesus Christ.

1 Let us, therefore, fear, lest perhaps forsaking the promise of entering into his rest, any of you be thought to be wanting.

2 For to us also it hath been declared as well as to them, but the word of hearing did not profit them, not being mixed with the faith of those things which they heard.

3 For we, who have believed, shall enter into rest; as he said: *As I have sworn in my wrath: If they shall enter into my rest: and this when the works from the foundation of the world were finished.

4 For in a certain place he spoke of the seventh day thus: *And God rested the seventh day from all his works.

5 And in this place again: If they shall enter into my rest.

6 Seeing then it remaineth that some are to enter into it, and they, to whom it was first preached, did not enter in because of unbelief:

7 Again he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To-day, after so long a time, as it is above said: *To-day, if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

8 For if Jesus had given them rest, he would never have afterwards spoken of another day.

9 There remaineth, therefore, a rest for the people of God.

10 For he who is entered into his rest: he also hath rested from his works, as God from his.

11 Let us hasten, therefore, to enter into that rest: lest any man fall into the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is living and effectual, and more penetrating than any two-edged sword: and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also, and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 *Neither is there any creature invisible in his sight: but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him, to whom our speech is.

14 Having, therefore, a great high priest who hath penetrated into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

15 For we have not a high priest, who cannot have compassion on our infirmities: but one tempted in all things like as we are, without sin.

16 Let us go, therefore, with confidence to the throne of grace: that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid.



3: Psalm xciv. 11.

4: Genesis ii. 2.

7: Hebrews iii. 7.

13: Psalm xxxiii. 16.; Ecclesiasticus xv. 20.