A Sentence-flow Diagram of Hebrews 3:1 – 4:13

The Sentence-Flow Diagram of Hebrews 3:1 – 4:13

Therefore,        holy brothers, 

you who share in a heavenly calling, 

consider Jesus, 

the apostle and high priest of our confession,

who was faithful to him who appointed him, 

just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.

For Jesus 

has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—

as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor 

than the house itself.

(For every house is built by someone, 

but the builder of all things is God.)

Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house      as a servant,

to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,

but Christ is faithful over   God’s house              as a son. 

And we are his house, 

if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts    as   in the rebellion,

on the day of testing in the wilderness,

 where your fathers put me to the test

and saw my works for forty years.

10  Therefore I was provoked with that generation,

and said,    ‘They always go astray in their heart;

they have not known my ways.’

11  As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers, 

lest there be in any of you    an evil,

unbelieving heart,

leading you to fall away from the living God.

13 But exhort one another    every day, 

as long as it is called “today,” 

that none of you may be hardened 

by the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we have come to share in Christ, 

if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

15 As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For who were       those who heard and yet rebelled? 

Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses

17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? 

Was it not with        those who sinned,

                                   whose bodies fell in the wilderness

18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, 

but to those who were disobedient?

19 So we see that they were unable to enter 

because of unbelief.


while the promise of entering his rest still stands, 

let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

For good news came         to us

just as                                     to them,

but the message they heard did not benefit them,

because they were not united by faith

with those who listened.

For we who have believed enter that rest,   as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished 

from the foundation of the world.

For he has somewhere spoken of      the seventh day in this way: 

“And God rested on           the seventh day

           from all his works.”

And again in this passage he said,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Since therefore it remains           

for some to enter it,

and those who formerly received the good news

failed to enter because of disobedience,

again  he appoints a certain day,


saying through David so long afterward,

in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, 

God would not have spoken of another day later on.

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest 

for the people of God,10 

for whoever         has entered God’s rest 

has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore 

strive to enter that rest, 

so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

12 For the word of God is 

living and 


sharper than any two-edged sword, 

piercing to the division 

of soul and of spirit, 

of joints and of marrow, and 


the thoughts and intentions of the heart.13 

And no creature is hidden from his sight, 

but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him 

to whom we must give account.


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