hebrews 12:13 commentary

In context, it refers especially to those among the recipients (some of which were professors and not yet genuine believers) who were most seriously affected by the persecutions, and who were on the verge of going back to the temple sacrifices. Such dangerous occasions are spoken of as offendicula, stumbling-blocks in our way;—the metaphor is continued in the sequel, which instructs the sincere believer or genuine penitent in a matter of great moment, and very pertinent to what was said just before, of making fresh resolutions, &c. It also coincides with the important admonition in the beginning of this chapter, that we should cast aside every weight, &c. Hebrews 12:13. καὶ τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιήσατε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν] and make straight tracks with your feet, i.e. Ὁρθός N.T. Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way - A lame man needs a smooth path to walk in. Bible Gateway Recommends. God our Father. Oct 22, 1989. John Piper Sep 7, 1997 24 Shares Sermon. The Greeks received their knowledge of surgery from the Egyptians, and mural paintings and documents, and even hieroglyphic symbols, prove that that people had attained remarkable proficiency in the science. LXX. "Let thine eyes look right on; and let thine eyelids look straight before thee," Proverbs 4:25. is according to the more usual meaning of the verb, which, in N.T., is confined, with this exception, to the Pastoral Epistles. The author has been warning the Hebrew church of the danger of cultural Christianity. A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Hebrews. Hebrews 12:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 12:13, NIV: "Make level paths for your feet,' so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed." The A.V. a. 131) mentions a medical school at Cyrene in Africa, and says that the pupils of that school were regarded as the second best physicians in all Greece. Commentary on Hebrews 13:1-6 (Read Hebrews 13:1-6) The design of Christ in giving himself for us, is, that he may purchase to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and true religion is the strongest bond of friendship. Hence be adds, Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, or, lest halting should go astray; that is, lest by halting ye should at length depart far from the way. “with your feet” as instrumental: see on the following clause. Be turned out of the way (Proverbs 4:27) - and so missing the way, lose the prize (Hebrews 12:1). In short, he prescribes to us this rule for our conduct, — that we are to guide our steps according to God’s will, so that neither fear nor the allurements of the world, nor any other things, may draw us away from it. So spoke Elijah to the double­minded who blended their own superstitions with God’s worship, “How long halt ye between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18:21.) Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no … Do everything to avoid aggravating the weakness of a fellow-Christian. that which is lame—those "weak in the faith" (Ro 14:1), having still Judaizing prejudices. But against this there are two objections: 1. the common usage of the word; which (see Wetst. Make the paths smooth and even, so that the lame limb be not dislocated by stones or pitfalls. Hebrews 12:13 And keep following straight wheel tracks [well-worn spiritual path] with your feet [spiritual momentum], so that a sprain [crippled spiritual life] may not become a complete dislocation [advanced stages of reversionism], but rather be restored [reversion recovery]. He has been hitherto teaching us to lean on God’s consolations, so that we may be bold and strenuous in doing what is right, as his help is our only support; he now adds to this another thing, even that we ought to walk prudently and to keep to a straight course; for indiscreet ardor is no less an evil than inactivity and softness. In the application, the words are a warning against the shifting courses of men who are ready to turn aside from strict duty when persecution threatens, and seek to avert the danger by compliance with what they do not in heart approve. And to beware of casting a stumbling block in the way of others, as far as lies in our power, to facilitate each other's progress by our influence and example, lest the weak be turned out of the way; but we should rather aim at their being strengthened and restored to soundness. From Proverbs 4:26, Septuagint, 'Mike straight paths for thy feet;' i:e., a straight road to joy and grace (Hebrews 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:15). If the words be rendered, “that what is lame may not be turned out of the way, but may rather be healed,” we cannot but feel that the two members are somewhat incongruous. Хотя рекомендуемая им правильность жизни возникает тогда, когда разум человека, превозмогая все страхи, думает лишь о том, что угодно Богу. Quoted from Proverbs 4:26, Septuagint, “Make straight paths for thy feet.”. Ведь если мы станем ей потакать, она еще дальше уведет нас от Бога. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. who makes only a tottering progress in Christianity, and falls away from the same if he does not gain a support in the rest of the community advancing in a straight course [Galatians 2:14]. Track of a wheel (τροχος — trochos James 3:6 from τρεχω — trechō to run), here only in N.T. Or it may mean, that in a road that was not level, those who were lame would be in danger of spraining, distorting, or wrenching a lame limb; and the counsel is, that whatever would have a tendency to this should be removed. But let it rather be healed; the fallen believer be restored, the weak brother be confirmed, the halting professor be strengthened, and everyone be built up and established upon the most holy faith, and in the pure ways of the Gospel. Make straight paths for your feet; walk in the plain way of duty, and that not merely for your own sake, but for the sake of feeble and halting among your brethren; that they, by your good example, may be kept in the right way, and healed of their spiritual infirmities. They were to allow no obstructions in the path over which the lame and feeble might fall. Τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν “for your feet,” not with. And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. If we do not grow and learn, we shall need to learn the first lessons again. Nor they who begin to halt do not immediately turn from the right way, but by degrees depart from it more and more, until having been led into a diverse path so they remain entangled in the midst of Satan’s labyrinth. Hebrews: Bible Study and Commentary. τὸ χωλόν denotes not the suffering member in an individual, but within the larger community, thus the member of the Christian communion who is lame or halting, i.e. (254). Hebrews 3:12-13 reveals a worrisome characteristic of sin: "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of … Thelmeaning is that they should be careful to walk in the path that has been prepared for them. Let the paths (or tracks) which you follow be straight, for crooked and uneven paths will make the limbs which are lame more helpless still; should nothing aggravate the hurt that has been received, it may soon be healed. Τὸ χωλὸν may refer either to an individual or to a section of the church which is weak and vacillating. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way -, Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιεῖτε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν, καὶ τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιήσατε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν, that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed, ἔτι προσπλάγητε καὶ ἐκτραπῶσιν οἱ πόδες ὑμῶν, τὸ κατὰ μικρὰ τὴν εἰς τὸ παρὰ φύσιν ἐκτροπὴν. How do we go about living as Christians in a society where we find ourselves increasingly on the margins? Divested of the figure, the passage means, that everything should be removed which would hinder anyone from walking in the path to life. Можно было бы перевести и так: дабы хромота не совратилась и не отступила вконец. It is probable, therefore, that the first verb here bears the meaning which it not unfrequently has in medical writers, be put out of joint. The way has already been prepared for them by Christ (Hebrews 10:20), and it is now only a question of their making advance upon the same in the right way. “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Christians are not permitted to devise their own plan of religious life; that has been done by the Lord. ( ἔτι προσπλάγητε καὶ ἐκτραπῶσιν οἱ πόδες ὑμῶν, τουτέστι παντελῶς στρεβλοὶ γένωνται), Schlichting, Grot., Wolf, Carpzov, Cramer, Michaelis, Ernesti, Schleusner, Heinrichs, Bretschn., Klee, De Wette, Stuart, al. Straight paths (τροχιας ορτας — trochias orthas). Rather be healed. Ибо апостол хочет сказать: те, кто не придерживается правильного курса, но из-за беспечности позволяют себе понемногу от него отклоняться, с течением времени станут чужими Богу. He calls it halting, when men’s minds fluctuate, and they devote not themselves sincerely to God. Keith Simons. Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Amid the various concluding exhortations in Hebrews 13, two have a special relevance for work. ἵνα μὴ τὸ χωλὸν ἐκτρπῇ, ἰαθῇ δὲ μᾶλλον] that not (even) that which is lame may turn aside from the way, but rather he healed. iii. Lesson 8: Why Jesus Became a Man (Hebrews 2:16-18) Lesson 9: To Endure, Consider Jesus (Hebrews 3:1-6) Lesson 10: A Warning Against Hardness of Heart (Hebrews 3:7-11) Lesson 11: Persevering in Faith (Hebrews 3:12-19) Lesson 12: Cultural Religion Versus Saving Faith (Hebrews 4:1-11) Lesson 13: God’s Powerful Word (Hebrews 4:12-13) Make the paths smooth and even, so that the lame limb be not dislocated by stones or pitfalls. Proverbs 8:6; Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 21:8. here, not in the sense of straight as distinguished from crooked, but more generally, right, plain, by implication even or smooth. Let us begin with Hebrews 13:2 where it says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” … Посему апостол добавляет: дабы хромлющее не совратилось. Hebrews 12:13. Τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν "for your feet," not with. Cease to “halt” between Judaism and Christianity [Bengel]. Celsus (first half of the first century a.d.), in the 7th book of his treatise De Artibius, treats of surgical operations according to the views of the Alexandrian schools. However, the content of the book, including the frequent references to the Hebrew Scriptures, makes it clear … They were to allow no obstructions in the path over which the lame and feeble might fall. LXX. То есть, дабы, хромая, мы не отошли от пути еще дальше. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.”. Be not turned out of the way — Of faith and holiness. Rather try to heal it. And make straight paths, &c.— Dr. Heylin paraphrases the verse thus: Make even paths for your feet, that the lame ancle may not be sprained, but on the contrary recover strength; that is, says he, "Order your course of life so, as to avoid the occasions of sin; those especially, wherein you are more liable to relapse, either by constitutional infirmity, or evil habits before indulged." See 1 Timothy 1:6. Hebrews 12:13, ESV: "and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed." They are quoted in substance from Proverbs 4:26, ὀρθὰς τροχιὰς ποίει σοῖς ποσίν. The idea is here, that everything which would prevent those in the church who were in any danger of falling - the feeble, the unestablished, the weak - from walking in the path to heaven, or which might be an occasion to them of falling, should be removed. “how long halt ye between two opinions” is ἕως πότε ὐμεῖς χωλανεῖτε ἐπ ' ἀμφοτέραις ταῖς ἰγνύαις howlong do ye go lame on both your hams? paths—literally, "wheel tracks." Verse 12-13 The readers had been Christians for some time and should by now have been able to teach others. paths — literally, “wheel tracks.” Let your walk be so firm and so unanimous in the right direction that a plain track and “highway” may be thereby established for those who accompany and follow you, to perceive and walk in (Isaiah 35:8) [Alford]. (13) And make straight paths.—Quoted with some slight changes from the Greek translation of Proverbs 4:26, “ponder” (or, more probably, make even) “the path of thy feet.”, Be turned out of the way.—The difficulty in these words is concealed to some extent when they are separated from the following clause, as in the Authorised version; this separation, however, the Greek will not allow. Only here and Acts 14:10; commonly straight or upright, but also right, safe, happy. Whatever is feeble in our faith or hope; whatever evil tendency there is in our hearts, we should endeavor to strengthen and amend, lest it should become worse, and we should entirely fall. Very rare in profane Greek. Scripture: Hebrews 12:18–29. And it is a befitting way of speaking, for it is a worse thing to go astray than to halt. The other rendering gives a lively and consistent image. 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