1Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.2He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.3Jesus has been found worthy of greater honour than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself.4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.5‘Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,’ bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. (Nu 12:7)6But 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.
Warning against unbelief
7So, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear his voice,8do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,9where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did.10That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.”11So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.” ’ (Ps 95:7)12See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.14We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.15As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.’ (Ps 95:7; Ps 95:8)16Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?17And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness?18And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?19So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.