Final Words 13 1Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. 2Don’t forget to welcome strangers. By doing that, some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. 3Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them. And remember those who are treated badly as if you yourselves were suffering. 4All of you should honor marriage. You should keep the marriage bed pure. God will judge the person who commits adultery. He will judge everyone who commits sexual sins. 5Don’t be controlled by love for money. Be happy with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you. I will never desert you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) 6So we can say boldly, “The Lord helps me. I will not be afraid. What can a mere man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6,7) 7Remember your leaders. They spoke God’s word to you. Think about the results of their way of life. Copy their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Don’t be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good that God’s grace makes our hearts strong. Don’t depend on foods the Law requires. They have no value for the people who eat them. 10Some worship at the holy tent. But we have an altar that they have no right to eat from. 11The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Room. He brings their blood as a sin offering. But the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12Jesus also suffered outside the city gate. He suffered to make the people holy by spilling his own blood. 13So let us go to him outside the camp. Let us be willing to suffer the shame he suffered. 14Here we do not have a city that lasts. But we are looking for the city that is going to come. 15So let us never stop offering to God our praise through Jesus. Let us offer it as the fruit of lips that say they believe in him. 16Don’t forget to do good. Don’t forget to share with others. God is pleased with those kinds of offerings. 17Obey your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority. They keep watch over you. They know they are accountable to God for everything they do. Obey them so that their work will be a joy. If you make their work a heavy load, it won’t do you any good. 18Pray for us. We feel sure we have done what is right. We long to live as we should in every way. 19I beg you to pray that I may return to you soon. 20Our Lord Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep. The God who gives peace brought him back from the dead. He did it because of the blood of the eternal covenant. May God 21supply you with everything good. Then you can do what he wants. May he do in us what is pleasing to him. We can do it only with the help of Jesus Christ. Give him glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22Brothers and sisters, I beg you to accept my word. It tells you to be faithful. I have written you only a short letter. 23I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been set free. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you. 24Greet all of your leaders. Greet all of God’s people. The believers from Italy send you their greetings. 25May grace be with you all.
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