Hebrews 13:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 13:6, NIV: "So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'"

Hebrews 13:6, ESV: "So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”"

Hebrews 13:6, KJV: "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

Hebrews 13:6, NASB: "so that we confidently say, 'THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?'"

Hebrews 13:6, NLT: "So we can say with confidence, 'The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?'"

Hebrews 13:6, CSB: "Therefore, we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

What does Hebrews 13:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this passage, the writer of Hebrews has offered direct, practical instructions for Christian living. Among these are concepts such as love, hospitality, purity, and contentment (Hebrews 13:1–5). The prior verse tied a Christian's ability to be content with his trust in God to provide for his needs. That reference was, most likely, a reference to God's promise to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6 and Joshua 1:5.

Here, the writer further supports the claim that a believer ought to trust in God, rather than being unhappy with his current circumstances. The point made here is one that's very reasonable, but hard to remember when we're in a crisis. If the Creator of the universe, the one true God, says He will care for us (1 Peter 5:7) and work out all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), then what possible reason would we have to fear circumstances on earth? The words quoted here by the writer are from the Old Testament, possibly Psalm 118:6 or Psalm 56:4.