Hebrews 12:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 12:3, NIV: Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:3, ESV: Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Hebrews 12:3, KJV: For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Hebrews 12:3, NASB: For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:3, NLT: Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won't become weary and give up.

Hebrews 12:3, CSB: For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won't grow weary and give up.

What does Hebrews 12:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The prior verse mentioned Jesus, and His willingness to endure suffering for the sake of future joy. In particular, Jesus' attitude towards suffering is important. The fact of His persecution is, of course, meaningful. However, as used here, the more crucial point is that Jesus saw those hardships as part of God's plan, and a plan for Jesus' own benefit!

Here, the writer emphasizes that we should take the same approach when faced with trials of our own. Jesus endured terrible hardships at the hands of His enemies (Hebrews 2:10; Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:26). Even though Jesus was God incarnate (Hebrews 1:3), He was still subjected to "hostility" and struggle. As this passage continues, the writer will point out that the existence of trials in this life is not evidence that God despises us. Jesus lived the only perfectly sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and still experienced pain and suffering. When we face those challenges in our lives, we should not see it as a sign that God has abandoned us.