Hebrews 10:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 10:33, NIV: Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.

Hebrews 10:33, ESV: sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.

Hebrews 10:33, KJV: Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

Hebrews 10:33, NASB: partly by being made a public spectacle through insults and distress, and partly by becoming companions with those who were so treated.

Hebrews 10:33, NLT: Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things.

Hebrews 10:33, CSB: Sometimes you were publicly exposed to taunts and afflictions, and at other times you were companions of those who were treated that way.

What does Hebrews 10:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The "book" of Hebrews is really a letter, written to Jewish people who had converted to Christianity. As a result of that conversion, many suffered ridicule, abuse, or mistreatment. Those various forms of persecution tempted Jewish Christians to return to an easier, more socially acceptable religion. The writer of Hebrews goes to great lengths to explain why faith in Christ, despite persecution, is God's ultimate plan for our salvation. At the same time, he has provided dire warnings about the consequences of disobeying or dismissing God's will (Hebrews 6:1–8; Hebrews 10:26–31).

In this particular instance, the persecuted believers are being reminded of how they've withstood such storms in the past (Hebrews 10:32). This is why the writer of Hebrews has so often followed warnings with notes of encouragement—he is speaking to those who have shown an ability to withstand pressure in the past (Hebrews 6:9–12). Later, the book of Hebrews will point out how martyrs for the faith were able to endure even worse experiences (Hebrews 11:36–38).