13:1 Let 1 brotherly love continue.
(1) He comes to the second table of the law, the
sum of which is charity, especially toward strangers and such as are
13:3 Remember them that are
in bonds, as bound with them; [and] them which suffer adversity, as a
being yourselves also in the body.
(a) Be so touched, as if their misery were yours.
Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and
adulterers God will judge.
(2) He commends chaste matrimony in all sorts of
men, and threatens utter destruction from God against whoremongers and
13:5 3 [Let
your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things
as ye have: for b he hath said, I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(3) Covetousness is condemned, against which is
set a contented mind with that which the Lord has given.
(b) Even the Lord himself.
13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my
helper, and I will not fear what c man
shall do unto me.
(c) He contrasts man with God.
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of
God: whose faith follow, considering the end of [their] conversation.
(4) We have to set before us the examples of
valiant captains, whom we ought diligently to follow.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
(5) He repeats the sum of the doctrine, that is,
the only ground of all precepts of conduct, and that is this: That we ought to
quiet and content ourselves in Christ only: for there has never been any man
saved without the knowledge of him, neither is there today, nor shall there be
13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange
doctrines. 6 For [it is] a good thing
that the heart be established with grace; not with d
meats, which have not profited them that have been e
(6) He speaks to those who mixed an external
worship and especially the difference of meats with the gospel which he
clearly condemns as repugnant to the benefit of Christ.
(d) By this one form which concerns the
difference of clean and unclean meat, we have to understand all the ceremonial
(e) Who observed the difference of them
13:10 7 We
have an f altar, whereof they have no
right to eat which g serve the
(7) He refutes their error by an apt and fit
comparison. They who in times past served the Tabernacle, did not eat of the
sacrifices whose blood was brought for sin into the holy place by the high
priest. Moreover these sacrifices represented Christ our offering. Therefore
they cannot be partakers of him if they serve the tabernacle, that is, stand
in the service of the law: but let us not be ashamed to follow him out of
Jerusalem, from which he was cast out and suffered for in this also Christ,
who is the truth, answers that type in that he suffered outside the gate.
(f) By the altar, he means the offerings.
(g) Of which they cannot be partakers, who
stubbornly retain the rites of the law.
8 Let us go forth therefore unto him
without the camp, bearing his reproach.
(8) He goes on further in this comparison, and
shows that this also signified to us, that the godly followers of Christ must
go out of the world bearing his cross.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that
is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.
(9) Now that those physical sacrifices are taken
away, he teaches us that the true sacrifices of confession remain, which
consist partly in giving thanks, and partly in liberality, with which
sacrifices indeed God is now delighted.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for
your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and
not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.
(10) We must obey the warnings and admonitions of
our ministers and elders, who watch for the salvation of the souls that are
committed to them.
Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to
(11) The last part of this epistle, in which he
commends his ministry to the Hebrews, and wishes them steadfastness and
increase of graces from the Lord: and excuses himself in that he has used but
few words to comfort them having spent the epistle in disputing: and salutes
certain brethren in a familiar and friendly manner.
Make you h perfect in every good work to
do his will, i working in you that which
is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever
and ever. Amen.
(h) Make you fit or suitable.
(i) From this comes that saying of the fathers,
that God crowns his work in us.