Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hebrews 4:9 So then, it remains for the people of God to keep the Sabbath.
Hebrews 4:9 It is therefore the duty of the people of God to keep the Sabbath.
For your interest, the Greek word used here for Sabbath is Sabbatismos and means a Sabbath keeping or keeping of the Sabbath
or how the Sabbath is kept by resting.
άρα (Then) απολείπεται (there is left) σαββατισμός (a Sabbath keeping
) τω (to the) λαώ (people) του θεού (of God)
GREEK LEXICON OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, Abbott-Smith - G4520
*† σαββατισμός, - οῦ, ὁ(< σαββατίζω, to keep the sabbath
, Exod 16:30, al.),
a keeping sabbath
, a sabbath rest: metaph., as in Mishna (Zorell, s.v.), Heb 4:9.†
LIDDEL/SCOTT/JONES GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON - G4520
σαββατισμός Σαββᾰτ-ισμός, ὁ, a keeping of days of rest
, Ep. Heb 4:9, cf. Plu. 2.166a (codd., βαπτισμούς Bentley).
STRONGS Greek 4520: A keeping of the Sabbath
, a Sabbath rest. From a derivative of sabbaton; a 'sabbatism', i.e. the repose of Christianity. for the τῷ (tō
) Article - Dative Masculine Singular Strong's Greek 3588:
The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. people λαῷ (laō
) Noun - Dative Masculine Singular Strong's Greek 2992:
Apparently a primary word; a people of God. Θεοῦ (Theou
) Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular Strong's Greek 2316:
A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
sabbatismos: a sabbath rest Definition: a sabbath rest Usage (DOING): a keeping of the Sabbath
, a Sabbath rest.
GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. THAYER - G4520
G4520 — σαββατισμός σαββατισμου, ὁ (σαββατίζω to keep the sabbath
W. E. VINE, GREEK DICTIONARY
Sabbath rest (4520) (sabbatismos from sabbatízo = keep the Sabbath
) literally means a keeping of a sabbath or a keeping of days of rest.
(Note the rest of Vines comments is not the Greek it is his opinion)
, SO THEN IT REMAINS FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD TO KEEP THE SABBATH.
to Hebrews 4:1-11
is warning us that if we do not believe and follow God's Word (the gospel) and we continue in sin and unbelief (Hebrews 3:10-13
; 18-19) we will never enter into God's rest (His Rest/My Rest) which is defined as the "seventh day" Sabbath rest in Hebrews 4:1-5
. Hebrews 4:3-5
defines God's rest by saying , For we which have believed do enter into rest (our rest from or the gospel rest of believing and following God's Word), as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest (God's rest): although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. , For he spoke in a certain place of the "seventh day
" on this wise, And God did rest the "seventh day
" from all his works. , And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest ("seventh day"). There are two rests being described. One is our rest we receive through believing and following God's Word (the gospel) *Matthew 11:28-30
; Hebrews 4:2-3
and God's rest *Hebrews 3:11
; 18; Hebrews 4:1
; 3; 5-6; 8-9; 10-11. Hebrews 4:9
THEREFORE IT REMAINS FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD TO KEEP THE SABBATH. Why? Because the true seventh day Sabbath rest is a sign of God's true people who God sanctifies to keep all the commandments of God through faith in God's Word *Exodus 31:13
; Exodus 31:17
; Ezekiel 20:12
; Ezekiel 20:20
; Revelation 12:17
; Revelation 22:14
: God's rest is the "seventh day Sabbath" of creation. Our rest is that of believing and following Gods' Word. No one enters into God's rest (defined in Hebrews as the "seventh day Sabbath") unless they believe and follow Gods' Word (the gospel rest). Of course God's 4th commandment of the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:8-11
) are a part of God's Word (the gospel) that God's people who enter into Gods rest believe and follow in Gods' Word just like Jesus did and the Apostles and prophets in Gods' Word. Everything provided here are not my words but have been taken directly from the scriptures which are God's Words not mine (exegesis). The warnings here are very clear. Those who do not believe and follow God's Word in order to continue in a life of known unrepentant sin (breaking anyone of God's commandments - James 2:10-11
) just like those in the wilderness do not enter into Gods' rest (seventh day Sabbath) and will be in danger of the judgement to come (Hebrews 10:26-31
Hope this is helpful.