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Hebrews 6:13-16


6:13 Now when God made his promise to Abraham, since he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself, 6:14 saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” 1  6:15 And so by persevering, Abraham 2  inherited the promise. 6:16 For people 3  swear by something greater than themselves, 4  and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. 5 

1 tn Grk “in blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply you,” the Greek form of a Hebrew idiom showing intensity.

sn A quotation from Gen 22:17.

2 tn Grk “he”; in the translation the referent (Abraham) has been specified for clarity.

3 tn The plural Greek term ἄνθρωποι (anqrwpoi) is used here in a generic sense, referring to both men and women, and is thus translated “people.”

4 tn Grk “by something greater”; the rest of the comparison (“than themselves”) is implied.

5 tn Grk “the oath for confirmation is an end of all dispute.”

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