- Hebrews 6:10
- Hebrews 6:10
- (KJV) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and
labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye
have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
- (1611 KJV) For God is not vnrighteous, to forget your worke and
labour of loue, which yee haue shewed toward his Name, in that
yee haue ministred to the Saints, and doe minister.
- (1587 Geneva Bible) For God is not vnrighteous, that hee should
forget your worke, and labour of loue, which ye shewed toward
his Name, in that ye haue ministred vnto the Saints, and yet minister.
- (1526 Tyndale) For god is not vnrighteous that he shuld forget youre
worke and laboure that procedeth of love which love shewed in
his name which have ministred vnto the saynctes and yet minister
- Counterfeit Versions
- (NIV) God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you
have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
- (NASB) For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love
which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still
ministering to the saints.
- (THE MESSAGE) God doesn't miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the
love you've shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it.
- (NLT) For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked
for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other
Christians, as you still do.
- (ESV) For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love
that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.
- (1901 ASV) for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love
which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and
still do minister.
- (HCSB) For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love
you showed for His name when you served the saints—and you continue to serve
- (RSV) For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love
which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.
- (NAB-Roman Catholic) For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and
continuing to serve the holy ones.
- (NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) For God is not unrighteous so as to forget
YOUR work and the love YOU showed for his name, in that YOU have ministered
to the holy ones and continue ministering.
- Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
- ou gar adikoV o qeoV epilaqesqai tou ergou umwn kai tou kopou
thV agaphV hV enedeixasqe eiV to onoma autou diakonhsanteV toiV agioiV kai
- Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
- ou gar adikoV o qeoV epilaqesqai tou ergou umwn kai thV agaphV hV
enedeixasqe eiV to onoma autou diakonhsanteV toiV agioiV kai diakonounteV
- Corrupted Manuscripts
- This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
- Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus -
Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
- A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
- B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
- C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
- D 06 - Claromontanus - Sixth century (original)
- P 025 - Ninth century
- 33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
- Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
- Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
- D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (corrected)
- K 018 - Ninth century
- L 020 - Ninth century
- Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
- Omit “labor of”
- Greisbach, Johann - 1805
- Lachmann, Karl - 1842
- Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
- Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
- Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
- 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
- Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
- Affected Teaching
- The word “labour of” has been omitted in the Greek text as well as the
English text. The word “labour” carries with the meaning of “toil,
weariness, and trouble.” The writer to the Hebrews is assuring his readers
that those who toil and become weary in the service of the Lord, especially
toward the household of Faith, will not be forgotten by the Lord for all
their work. In Galatians 6:10, the Apostle Paul states: (Gal 6:10
KJV) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
It is the believer’s responsibility to not only do good
to those outside the body of Christ, but we are to minister to the body of
believers also. In other words, God is basically stating that we must not
neglect those who are in the body of Christ. Sometimes in churches, those
that have needs in the local congregation are neglected in favor of those
who are unsaved. This is biased ministry in that the unbelievers are being
ministered to but the believers are being neglected. We must always be
prepared to evangelize the lost but we must also continue to minister to
those who are within the body of Christ.
- Hebrews 6:10 teaches a great principle in that love is not just words or
a state of mind but true Christian love is action. When the Gnostics and
their modern counterparts omitted the words “labour of” they were omitting
the major standard of true love and that is action and involvement.
According to the modern versions, in this verse love has no ingredients and
that is teaching a false notion of true Christian love. The word “labour”
tells us that love contains action and that believers must not only love in
word but in deed. The Apostle John sums up this principle. (1 John
3:18 KJV) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth. Love is something which is
way beyond words. Actions which we do for someone demonstrates the love we
have for them and the love we have coming from our hearts because of our
transformation in Christ. Non-action and non-involvement only shows apathy
and not love. In fact, it may also show that a person is unsaved because our
faith is confirmed by our works (James 2:14-26) and so is our love.