And make straight paths for your feet,.... By "feet" are meant the walk and conversation of the saints, both in the church, and in the world, Song of Solomon 7:1 and there are paths made ready for these feet to walk in; as the good old paths of truth, of the word and worship of God, of faith and holiness: and to make these paths "straight", is to make the word of God the rule of walking; to avoid carefully joining anything with it as a rule; to attend constantly on the ordinances of Christ; to go on evenly in a way of believing on him; to walk in some measure worthy of the calling wherewith we are called, and by way of example to others. At the time of Galen (163 a.d.) the medical school of Alexandria was the most famous in the world, and Galen himself studied there. Scripture: Hebrews 12:25–29. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. On τὸ χωλόν, as figurative designation of the wavering between two different bents of belief, comp. Во-вторых, апостол добавляет: мы должны жить благоразумно и держаться правильного курса. Celsus (first half of the first century a.d.), in the 7th book of his treatise De Artibius, treats of surgical operations according to the views of the Alexandrian schools. And yet that’s the image with which this lectionary reading from Hebrews begins–with a disturbing image, not of a speedball, but of the word of God that slices us open for inspection. The Son waits till the Father shall “send Him forth to triumph over all His foes.” He is now sitting at rest (Hebrews 10:12), invisibly reigning, and having His foes virtually, by right of His death, subject to Him. Τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν “for your feet,” not with. Посему апостол добавляет: дабы хромлющее не совратилось. Or it may mean, that in a road that was not level, those who were lame would be in danger of spraining, distorting, or wrenching a lame limb; and the counsel is, that whatever would have a tendency to this should be removed. John Piper Sep 7, 1997 24 Shares Sermon. Rather try to heal it. And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Так вот, кто начинает хромать, не сразу совращается с пути, но понемногу все больше и больше от него отходит, доколе, уловившись заблуждением, не увязает, запутавшись, в лабиринте сатаны. and make straight tracks with your feet, i.e. Proverbial in Isaiah 33:23. "be put out of joint." See 1 Timothy 1:6; 1 Timothy 5:15; 2 Timothy 4:4. lxx only Amos 5:8. Καὶ τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιήσατε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν. 1. They were to allow no obstructions in the path over which the lame and feeble might fall. He has been hitherto teaching us to lean on God’s consolations, so that we may be bold and strenuous in doing what is right, as his help is our only support; he now adds to this another thing, even that we ought to walk prudently and to keep to a straight course; for indiscreet ardor is no less an evil than inactivity and softness. Guthrie, however, produced an outstanding commentary in spite of this. * 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us * and persevere in running the race that lies before us 2 while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. Very rare in profane Greek. ἐκτραπῇ is rendered by many of the ancient and some modern expositors, “be dislocated.” So Œc. 13.] Hebrews 11. The other rendering gives a lively and consistent image. iii. Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; a lame member, as the Syriac version, a lame member of the body of Christ, the church; or a lame person, as the Arabic version, a weak believer; one that is ready to halt, either through the corruption of nature, or through the weakness of grace, or through want of light and judgment, and through instability and inconstancy; lest such an one should, through the irregular walk and conversation of others, be stumbled and offended, and go out of the way, and leave the paths of righteousness and truth. The gospel state is kind and condescending, suited to our weak frame. Cease to "halt" (as the "lame") between Judaism and Christianity (Bengel). This signification is therefore to be maintained here also, and ἰαθῇ δὲ μᾶλλον continues in an abbreviated form the figure employed, in that its meaning is: but rather through the animating example given by the whole body, may he cured of his wavering, and briskly advance with the rest. Make straight paths] Seek not byways (those highways to hell), leap not over the hedge of any commandment, so to escape any piece of foul way; but as those kine of the Philistines held straight on their way to Bethshemesh, 1 Samuel 6:12, though they had calves at home; so let us to heaven, though we have various things to divert us. Τὸ χωλὸν may refer either to an individual or to a section of the church which is weak and vacillating. They were to allow no obstructions in the path over which the lame and feeble might fall. Perhaps from Hebrews 12:13; Proverbs 4:26. In the application, the words are a warning against the shifting courses of men who are ready to turn aside from strict duty when persecution threatens, and seek to avert the danger by compliance with what they do not in heart approve. The idea is, Adhere firmly to the strict rules of duty; if any deviation is allowed, it may prove a fatal snare to human frailty. Hebrews 12:13 And keep following straight wheel tracks [well-worn spiritual path] with your feet [spiritual momentum], so that a sprain [crippled spiritual life] may not become a complete dislocation [advanced stages of reversionism], but rather be restored [reversion recovery]. Scripture: Hebrews 12:18–29. See reff. This is not a typical commentary in format, and I wouldn't recommend this as a sole text for a study in Hebrews. Do everything to avoid aggravating the weakness of a fellow-Christian. Proverbs 4:26 : ὀρθὰς τροχιὰς ποίει σοῖς ποσί. Retail: $54.99. ἵνα μὴ τὸ χωλὸν ἐκτρπῇ, ἰαθῇ δὲ μᾶλλον] that not (even) that which is lame may turn aside from the way, but rather he healed. rather he healed—Proper exercise of itself contributes to health; the habit of walking straight onward in the right way tends to healing. Cease to "halt" between Judaism and Christianity [Bengel]. The making a beaten track for all is, that they may not miss the way and lose the prize). And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Keith Simons. Metaphorically here, and partly Matthew 18:8; Mark 9:45. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that … Incorrectly do Ebrard, Delitzsch, Riehm (Lehrbegr. And make straight paths for your feet - Margin, “even.” The word used here means properly straight, in the sense of upright, erect; Acts 14:10; but it is used here in the sense of straight horizontally, that is, level, plain, smooth. He calls it halting, when men’s minds fluctuate, and they devote not themselves sincerely to God. and make straight tracks for your feet (Carpzov appears first to have noticed that these words, καὶ τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιήσατε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν, constituted an hexameter line. (254). Rend. And the meaning seems to be, Let your walk be so firm and so unanimous in the right direction, that a plain track and highway may be thereby established for those who accompany and follow you to perceive and walk in. Divested of the figure, the passage means, that everything should be removed which would hinder anyone from walking in the path to life. the lame or weaker ones may be healed or led aright. В итоге, апостол предписывает нам правило доброделания, состоящее в том, чтобы направлять наши стопы по воле Божией, дабы нас не отвадили от нее ни страх, ни прельщения мира сего. See 1 Timothy 1:6; 1 Timothy 5:15; 2 Timothy 4:4. lxx only Amos 5:8. Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; Hebrews 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Cease to “halt” between Judaism and Christianity [Bengel]. Let the paths (or tracks) which you follow be straight, for crooked and uneven paths will make the limbs which are lame more helpless still; should nothing aggravate the hurt that has been received, it may soon be healed. Celsus (first half of the first century a.d.), in the 7th book of his treatise De Artibius, treats of surgical operations according to the views of the Alexandrian schools. Only here and Acts 14:10. be turned out of the way. Cf. KJV, Journal the Word Bible, Large Print, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses. Be turned out of the way (Proverbs 4:27) - and so missing the way, lose the prize (Hebrews 12:1). Make straight paths for your feet; walk in the plain way of duty, and that not merely for your own sake, but for the sake of feeble and halting among your brethren; that they, by your good example, may be kept in the right way, and healed of their spiritual infirmities. The Greeks received their knowledge of surgery from the Egyptians, and mural paintings and documents, and even hieroglyphic symbols, prove that that people had attained remarkable proficiency in the science. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 8:6; Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 21:8. here, not in the sense of straight as distinguished from crooked, but more generally, right, plain, by implication even or smooth. is according to the more usual meaning of the verb, which, in N.T., is confined, with this exception, to the Pastoral Epistles. Ὁρθός N.T. As we grow strong through the word of God, we should be able to teach other people. Hebrews 12:14. The idea is here, that everything which would prevent those in the church who were in any danger of falling - the feeble, the unestablished, the weak - from walking in the path to heaven, or which might be an occasion to them of falling, should be removed. His text has been Psalm 95, which refers to the tragic example of Israel in the wilderness. Conc., Art. Ὁρθός N.T. 131) mentions a medical school at Cyrene in Africa, and says that the pupils of that school were regarded as the second best physicians in all Greece. Hence be adds, Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, or, lest halting should go astray; that is, lest by halting ye should at length depart far from the way. John Piper Oct 22, 1989 156 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. Isaiah 35:8), that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed ( τὸ χωλόν indicates that part of the church which was wavering between Christianity and Judaism: answering to the ἀσθενεῖς of the Epistle to the Romans. Hebrews 12:13. 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