Hebrews 3:6
Hebrews 3:6
(KJV) But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
(1611 KJV) But Christ as a Sonne ouer his owne house, whose house are wee, if we hold fast the confidence, and the reioycing of the hope firme vnto the end.
(1587 Geneva Bible) But Christ is as the Sonne, ouer his owne house, whose house we are, if we holde fast that confidence and that reioycing of that hope vnto the ende.
(1568 Bishops Bible) But Christ is as the Sonne, ouer his owne house, whose house we are, if we holde fast that confidence and that reioycing of that hope vnto the ende.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(AMP) But Christ (the Messiah) was faithful over His [own Father's] house as a Son [and Master of it]. And it is we who are [now members] of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].
(CEB) But Jesus was faithful over God’s house as a Son. We are his house if we hold on to the confidence and the pride that our hope gives us.
(CEV) But Christ is the Son in charge of God's people. And we are those people, if we keep on being brave and don't lose hope.
(1899 Douay-Rheims American Version RC) But Christ as the Son in his own house: which house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and glory of hope unto the end.
(ERV) But Christ is faithful in ruling God’s house as the Son. And we are God’s house, if we remain confident of the great hope we are glad to say we have.
(ESV) but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
(GNB) But Christ is faithful as the Son in charge of God's house. We are his house if we keep up our courage and our confidence in what we hope for.
(HCSB) But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.
(THE MESSAGE) Christ as Son is in charge of the house. Now, if we can only keep a firm grip on this bold confidence, we're the house!
(NCV) But Christ is faithful as a Son over God's house. And we are God's house if we confidently maintain our hope.
(NIRV) But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. We are his house if we continue to come boldly to God. We must also hold on to the hope we take pride in.
(NIV) But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
(NLV) But Christ was faithful as a Son Who is Head of God’s house. We are of God’s house if we keep our trust in the Lord until the end. This is our hope.
(NLT) But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
(RSV) but Christ was faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) but Christ was faithful as a son placed over his house. We are his house, if [only] we hold fast to our confidence and pride in our hope.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) but Christ [was faithful] as a Son over the house of that One. We are the house of that One, if we make fast our hold on our freeness of speech and our boasting over the hope firm to the end.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
χριστος δε ως υιος επι τον οικον αυτου ου οικος εσμεν ημεις εανπερ την παρρησιαν και το καυχημα της ελπιδος μεχρι τελους βεβαιαν κατασχωμεν
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
χριστος δε ως υιος επι τον οικον αυτου ου οικος εσμεν ημεις εαν την παρρησιαν και το καυχημα της ελπιδος κατασχωμεν
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
 
Reads “which” instead of “whose” after “over his own house”
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (original)
P 46 - circa 200 AD
0121b - Tenth century
1739 - (Minuscule) - Tenth Century
 
Reads in the Greek “ean” instead of the more “intense form “eanper
With the ending of “per” attached to “ean” in the Greek, intensifies the conjunction or extends the force of words when it is used in this manner. What is basically in view here is not someone who merely obeys biblical principles but obeys because they are truly saved.
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (original)
P 025 - Ninth century
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
 
Omits “firm unto the end”
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
P 13 - Third/Fourth Century
P 46 - circa 200 AD
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
 
Reads “whose” instead of “which” after “over his own house”
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (corrected)
I 016 - Fifth century
Psi 044 - Eight/Ninth/ century
P 13 - Third/Fourth Century
 
Retains “eanper” instead of “ean”
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (corrected)
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
 
Contains “firm unto the end”
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Stephanus (1550 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century
Psi 044 - Eight/Ninth/ century
0121b - Tenth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
 
Contains the form “ean” instead of the intense version “eanper”
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Omits “firm unto the end”
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881 (in brackets)
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
Here are two points concerning the superiority of Christ over Moses (vs. 5). The first one is that Jesus is a “Son” and not a servant. The Son was always the heir of the estate and the servants still continued to work for the son. The second point is that Christ is over his own house, He is not in the house. Christ rules over all the believers, He was not one of us instead through His sacrifice He made us believers in Him resulting in all the true believers being his House. The second part of this verse is a hint concerning those in the house are true believers. Some may claim to be believers but are not. (Mat 24:13 KJV) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. The key to knowing if you are a true believer is the fact that you continue to endure the hardships and challenges of the Christian life. This verse teaches us that we are the house of Christ if we hold fast with confidence and rejoicing of the hope, whether it be till the end of our life or the end of time. Many will claim to be saved but when the time comes for a little boldness in the faith, they run away and this is an indicator that they are not holding fast with confidence the hope. Those who are truly saved will have much confidence in the message of the Gospel because they know from where it comes and who the originator is. The false Christian has only enough confidence in themselves and when that is exhausted, they flee. We are to hold firm our testimony till the end and that is the indicator we have been truly saved.
 
Many of the modern versions use the name “God” in describing the house. The word “theos” does not appear in this verse in any form. They have, in essence, added to the word of God by doing this plus it makes Jesus out to be just a hireling that He was equal with Moses, in that He was faithful in God’s house when this verse is speaking of the fact that Christ is over His own house because of Calvary. The modern versions want to reduce Christ to just a prophet status. Moses did not build his house but Jesus built His house because of His own sacrifice. Once again the modern versions make subtle changes and omissions which are all violations of God’s word.

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