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Hebrews 10:34-38

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10:34 For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, 1  and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly 2  had a better and lasting possession. 10:35 So do not throw away your confidence, because it 3  has great reward. 10:36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. 4  10:37 For just a little longer 5  and he who is coming will arrive and not delay. 6  10:38 But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I 7  take no pleasure in him. 8 

1 tc Most witnesses, including some important ones (א D2 1881 Ï), read δεσμοῖς μου (desmoi" mou, “my imprisonment”) here, a reading that is probably due to the widespread belief in the early Christian centuries that Paul was the author of Hebrews (cf. Phil 1:7; Col 4:18). It may have been generated by the reading δεσμοῖς without the μου (so Ì46 Ψ 104 pc), the force of which is so ambiguous (lit., “you shared the sufferings with the bonds”) as to be virtually nonsensical. Most likely, δεσμοῖς resulted when a scribe made an error in copying δεσμίοις (desmioi"), a reading which makes excellent sense (“[of] those in prison”) and is strongly supported by early and significant witnesses of the Alexandrian and Western texttypes (A D* H 6 33 81 1739 lat sy co). Thus, δεσμίοις best explains the rise of the other readings on both internal and external grounds and is strongly preferred.

2 tn Grk “you yourselves.”

3 tn Grk “which,” but showing the reason.

4 tn Grk “the promise,” referring to the thing God promised, not to the pledge itself.

5 sn A quotation from Isa 26:20.

6 sn A quotation from Hab 2:3.

7 tn Grk “my soul.”

8 sn A quotation from Hab 2:4.



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