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Hebrews 13:15 - let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise

NIV Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name.
KJV By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
NASB Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:15


As seen throughout the book of Hebrews, sacrifices were extremely important under the Old Covenant. Under the New Covenant, God desires the praise and thanksgiving of His people rather than offerings of animals or grain. Since NT believers are all priests (1 Pet. 2:5,9), they have offerings of praise and thanks to God (cf. Rom. 12:1). The "sacrifice of praise" is also mentioned in Lev. 7:12; Ps. 54:8.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Heb 13:15). Nashville: Word Pub.


There are at least three sacrifices which a believer-priest offers. First, there is the sacrifice of his person (Rom. 12:1). Then, here in verse 15 is the second: the sacrifice of praise. The third sacrifice is the offering of our possessions. We are to use our material resources in doing good, and in sharing with those who are in need.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Heb 13:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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