Hebrews 12:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 12:27, NIV: "The words 'once more' indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain."

Hebrews 12:27, ESV: "This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain."

Hebrews 12:27, KJV: "And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."

Hebrews 12:27, NASB: "This expression, 'Yet once more,' denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."

Hebrews 12:27, NLT: "This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain."

Hebrews 12:27, CSB: "This expression, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what is not shaken might remain."

What does Hebrews 12:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues an analogy begun in verse 26. In Haggai 2:6, God—in part—prophecies His eventual remaking of creation (Revelation 21:1). This shows that God's power will eliminate all that is temporary and replace it with those things which are eternal. In a sense, this is applied to the old covenant and the new covenant. The old covenant was introduced with a terrible spectacle, on the present earth, which shook the ground (Exodus 19:9–20). This was replaced with the new covenant, which is presented in heaven and the new earth (Hebrews 12:18–24).

The point made by the writer here is concluded in the following two verses. Not all things are eternal, and not all things can survive the judgment and holiness of God. In the new covenant, God offers us those things which are truly everlasting, which cannot and will not be swept away with the rest of a fallen world (Hebrews 12:28–29).