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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Hebrews 6



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Verse 1

leaving = having left.

principles of the doctrine = word (Greek. logos. App-121.) of the beginning (Greek. arche. Compare Hebrews 5:12).

Christ = the Messiah. App-98.

go on = be borne along; the Instructor being the Holy Spirit. Compare 2 Peter 1:21.

perfection. Greek. teleiotes. See Colossians 3:14.

laying. Greek. kataballo. See 2 Corinthians 4:9.

foundation. App-146.

of. Genitive of Apposition. App-17.

repentance. Greek. melanoia. App-111.

dead works. Works of the old nature. Compare Hebrews 9:14.

dead. Greek. nekros. Compare App-139.

faith. Greek. pistis. App-150.

toward. Greek. epi. App-104.

God. App-98.

Verse 2

doctrine = teaching,

baptisms = washings. App-115.

laying on, &c. See Acts 8:18; &c.

resurrection. Greek. anastasis. App-178.

dead. App-139.

eternal. Greek. aionios. App-151.

judgment. Greek. krima. App-177. Of the six things enumerated, two are esoteric experiences, two exoteric rites, two eschatological facts, and all have to do with the dispensation of the kingdom. Compare App-70and App-140

Verse 3

if = if, that is. Greek. eanper. App-118.

Verse 4

once. Greek. hapax. Here, Hebrews 9:7, Hebrews 9:26, Hebrews 9:27, Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 10:2; Hebrews 12:26, Hebrews 12:27; 2 Corinthians 11:25. Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:18; 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 3:20. Jude 1:3-5. Compare Hebrews 7:27.

enlightened. Greek. photizo. See Luke 11:36. Compare App-130.

have. Omit.

heavenly. See Hebrews 3:1.

gift. Greek. dorea. See John 4:10.

were made = became.

partakers. Gr metochos. See Hebrews 1:9.

Holy Ghost. App-101.

Verse 5

word. Greek. rhema. See Mark 9:32.

powers. Greek. dunamis. App-172.

the . . . come = a coming age.

world. Greek. aion. App-129.

Verse 6

If, &c. = And fall away. Greek. parapipto. Only here.

renew. Greek. anakainizo. Only here.

unto. Greek. eis. App-104.

seeing, &c. = crucifying (as they do), &c. Greek. anattcuroo. Only here.

Son of God. App-98.

put, &c. = putting (as they do) Him to an open shame. Greek. paradeigmatizo Only here and Matthew 1:19 (where the texts read deigmatizo). Compare Colossians 2:15. The warning is that if, after accepting Jesus the Nazarene as Messiah and Lord, they go back to Judaism, they cut themselves off (see Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:4), as there is no other Messiah to be looked for, and by rejecting Him they put Him to open shame. Though the interpretation is for apostates who go back to Judaism, the application remains a solemn warning to all who profess to "believe".

Verse 7

earth. Greek. ge. App-129.

herbs Greek. botane. Only here.

meet = fit. Greek. euthetos. Only here and Luke 9:62 with Luke 14:35.

by = on account of. Greek. dia App-104. Hebrews 6:2.

dressed = tilled. Greek. georgeomai. Only here. Add "also".

Verse 8

briers. Greek. tribolos Only here and Matthew 7:16.

rejected. Greek. adokimos. See Romans 1:28.

cursing = a curse. Compare Psalms 37:22.

to be burned = for (Greek. eis) burning Greek. kausis. Only here

Verse 9

beloved. Greek. agapetos. App-135.

persuaded Greek. peitho App-150.

of = concerning Greek. peri. App-104.

that accompany = nigh to. Antithesis to "nigh unto cursing" above. Greek. echomai. The mid. of echo is to hold on to, depend on, be close to. See Mark 1:38. Acts 20:15; Acts 21:26.

though = even if. Greek. ei. App-118.

speak. Greek. laleo. App-121.

Verse 10

unrighteous Greek. adikos. See Romans 3:5.

labour of The texts omit.

love. Greek. agape. App-135.

have. Omit.

shewed = exhibited Greek. endeiknumi See Romans 2:15.

toward. Greek. eis. App-104.

in that ye have = having.

ministered. Greek. diakoneo. App-190.

saints. See Acts 9:13.

do, &c. = ministering.

Verse 11

desire. As 1 Timothy 3:1.

every = each.

full assurance. Greek. plerophoria. See Colossians 2:2.

unto = until

Verse 12

That = In order that. Greek. hina.

slothful. Greek. nothros. See Hebrews 5:11.

followers. Greek. mimetes. See 1 Corinthians 4:16.

patience = longsuffering or patient endurance. See Romans 2:4. Compare the verb in Hebrews 6:15.

inherit = are inheritors of.

promises. Compare Luke 24:49. Acts 1:4. Galatians 1:3, Galatians 1:14; &c.

Verse 13

by = according to. Greek. kata. App-104.

no = no one. Greek. oudeis.

Verse 14

Surely. Greek. e (the texts read ei) men. Only here.

blessing, &c. Quoted from the Septuagint of Genesis 22:17.

Verse 15

after he had = having. obtained. Greek. epitunchano. See Romans 11:7.

promise. i.e. Isaac (the Land is still future); Genesis 18:10, Genesis 18:14; Genesis 21:3. Galatians 1:4, Galatians 1:23.

Verse 16

men. Greek. anthropos. App-123.

verily. Omit.

an = the.

confirmation. Greek. bebaiosis. See Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:7.

end. Greek. peras. See Romans 10:18.

strife. Greek. antilogia. Here, Hebrews 7:7; Hebrews 12:3. Jude 1:11.

Verse 17

Wherein = In (Greek. en) which.

willing. Greek. boulomai. App-102.

unto = to.

promise = the promise. See Galatians 1:3, Galatians 1:22, Galatians 1:29.

immutability = unchangeableness. Greek. to ametatheton. The neut. of the adjective used as a noun. Here and in Hebrews 6:18. Figure of speech Antimereia. App-6(3).

counsel. Greek. boule. App-102.

confirmed it = intervened. Greek. mesiteuo. Only here. Compare Galatians 1:3, Galatians 1:19.

Verse 18

two, &c. i.e. God"s promise and God"s oath.

was = is.

might = may.

consolation. Greek. paraklesis. See Acts 4:36 and App-134.

have. Omit.

fled, &c. Greek. katapheugo. Only here and Acts 14:6.

set before. Greek. prokeimai. See 2 Corinthians 8:12.

Verse 19

anchor . . . soul = our anchor.

soul. App-110.

sure. Greek. asphales. See Acts 21:34.

stedfast. See Hebrews 2:2.

which entereth = entering.

into. Greek. eis. App-104.

within. Greek. esoteros. See Acts 16:24.

veil. See Matthew 27:51.

Verse 20

the = as.

Forerunner. Greek. prodromos. Only here.

Jesus. App-98.

made = having become.

an. Omit.

for ever. App-151. a.

after. Greek. kata. App-104.

order. See Hebrews 5:6. This order is unique, being that of a high priest without altar, offering, sacrifice, or successor.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Hebrews 6:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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