Hebrews 10:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 10:23, NIV: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."

Hebrews 10:23, ESV: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful."

Hebrews 10:23, KJV: "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)"

Hebrews 10:23, NASB: "Let’s hold firmly to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;"

Hebrews 10:23, NLT: "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise."

Hebrews 10:23, CSB: "Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful."

What does Hebrews 10:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The book of Hebrews was originally written to Jewish Christians who were experiencing persecution. They were under pressure to return to a more popular, easier religion. Namely, Judaism. Much of the letter, to this point, has been explaining reasons to be confident that Jesus Christ, not the old covenant priesthood, is God's ultimate plan for mankind's salvation. Part of the encouragement to "hold fast" given here comes from that perspective (Hebrews 3:14). Christ is the fulfillment of God's will for mankind, so we should resist the pressures of anything which tries to take us away from Him.

At the same time, this statement comes in the context of several warnings. The writer of Hebrews has cautioned the reader about the dangers of being careless, shallow, or dismissive of their Christian faith (Hebrews 2:1–4; 6:1–8). A prominent example is given in chapter 3, regarding Israel's failure in the desert, at the borders of the Promised Land (Hebrews 3:12–19). There, Israel succumbed to fear and doubt, and did not "hold fast" to their trusting faith in God. Christians are called not to make this mistake. Instead, we should embrace the confidence we have in Christ, and His salvation, and act accordingly.