Hebrews 13:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 13:23, NIV: I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.

Hebrews 13:23, ESV: You should know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon.

Hebrews 13:23, KJV: Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

Hebrews 13:23, NASB: Know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you.

Hebrews 13:23, NLT: I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released from jail. If he comes here soon, I will bring him with me to see you.

Hebrews 13:23, CSB: Be aware that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon enough, he will be with me when I see you.

What does Hebrews 13:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Scholars differ in their opinion of who wrote the book of Hebrews. The author most commonly attributed to this letter is the apostle Paul, and references such as this are among the reasons why. Timothy was a student and friend of Paul (1 Timothy 1:1–2) who travelled with him on his missionary journeys. Eventually, Timothy was left in charge of a series of churches, during one of Paul's terms in prison. At the end of his life, sensing his impending execution, Paul wrote his last words recorded in the New Testament, the letter of 2 Timothy.

This verse speaks of Timothy's "release," which is almost always interpreted to mean being let go from a Roman prison. This would make sense, given the history of Paul and his travelling companions. At the same time, the Greek of this passage might mean that Timothy has been "sent out," possibly implying that he is the one carrying this letter to the readers.