Imperative Verbs in the Letter to the Hebrews

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am currently preaching through the letter to the Hebrews. In this week’s upcoming passage (3:1–6) we come across the first imperative verb in the letter spoken/written by the preacher directed to his congregation/audience. It is actually the third verb in the imperative mood in the letter but the first two are in Old Testament citations. What follows are all of the imperative verbs in the letter to the Hebrews*:

Hebrews 1:6 —   And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship [προσκυνησάτωσαν] him.”

Hebrews 1:13 — And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit [κάθου] at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

Hebrews 3:1 — Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider [κατανοήσατε] Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

Hebrews 3:12–13 — Take care [Βλέπετε], brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort [παρακαλεῖτε] one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 7:4 — See [Θεωρεῖτε] how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!

Hebrews 8:5 — They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See [ὅρα] that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 8:11 — And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know [γνῶθι] the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

Hebrews 10:32 — But recall [Ἀναμιμνῄσκεσθε] the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,

Hebrews 12:3 — Consider [ἀναλογίσασθε] him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Hebrews 12:5 — And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly [ὀλιγώρει] the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary [ἐκλύου] when reproved by him.”

Hebrews 12:12–14 — Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen [ἀνορθώσατε] your weak knees, 13 and make [ποιεῖτε] straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive [διώκετε] for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12:25 — See [Βλέπετε] that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.

Hebrews 13:1–3 — Let brotherly love continue [μενέτω]. 2 Do not neglect [ἐπιλανθάνεσθε] to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember [μιμνῄσκεσθε] those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

Hebrews 13:7 — Remember [Μνημονεύετε] your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate [μιμεῖσθε] their faith.

Hebrews 13:9 — Do not be led away [παραφέρεσθε] by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.

Hebrews 13:16–18 — Do not neglect [ἐπιλανθάνεσθε] to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17 Obey [Πείθεσθε] your leaders and submit [ὑπείκετε] to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. 18 Pray [Προσεύχεσθε] for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

Hebrews 13:22–24— I appeal to you, brothers, bear with [ἀνέχεσθε] my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23 You should know [Γινώσκετε] that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. 24 Greet [Ἀσπάσασθε] all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings.

(Hebrews 1:6, 13; 3:1, 12–13; 7:4; 8:5, 11; 10:32; 12:3, 5, 12–14, 25; 13:1–3, 7, 9, 16–18, 22–24).

Do you notice a pattern or frequency of some terms, concepts, ideas?


*All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV).


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