Hebrews 13:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 13:21, NIV: equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:21, ESV: equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:21, KJV: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:21, NASB: equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:21, NLT: may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

Hebrews 13:21, CSB: equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

What does Hebrews 13:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues a benediction beginning in verse 20. Immediately before that, the writer had asked for prayer from the readers (Hebrews 13:18). Verse 20 mentioned several of the big ideas explained in the letter so far. Among these are the idea of God offering believers peace (Hebrews 12:22–29), Christ as an example to be followed (Hebrews 12:2), resurrection (Hebrews 6:2; 11:19), and the eternal nature of the new covenant (Hebrews 10:12–14).

Here, the writer continues to recycle the major themes of his message. The reference to being equipped meshes with earlier comments about maintaining obedience to God (Hebrews 3:12). The trusting faith defined earlier in Hebrews means following God in obedience, even when we don't fully understand (Hebrews 12:1). Sometimes, as in the case of men like Abraham (Genesis 17:17), Moses (Exodus 4:1, 10), or Gideon (Judges 6:15), we may doubt that we're capable of achieving what God is asking. Faith, however, means relying on God to provide whatever we need in order to accomplish His will. This comment is extremely similar to Peter's statement in 1 Peter 5:10.

The idea that God "works in us" is key to understanding our life experiences. As stated earlier, some events in life are unhappy, but that doesn't meant they have no purpose. For the Christian believer, God's discipline and "training" are part of growing into a stronger, more capable believer (Hebrews 12:5–11). This also echoes Scriptures such as Philippians 2:13, which speaks of God working in us according to His will.