“be content with what you have”



This verse tells us how to be happy and find contentment. It says, “Don't be greedy. Be happy with what you've got. For God will always be with us.” In Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, this is the verse the castaway reads upon opening the Bible randomly and thereafter becomes happy and thankful to God in the solitude of the island he is stranded on.

To get what Hebrews 13:5 means in detail, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

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Hebrews 13:5 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Let your (No Greek definition. English implied.)
conversation τρόπος A turn, i.e., (by implication) mode or style (especially with preposition or relative prefix as adverb, like); figuratively, deportment or character conversation
be (No Greek definition. English implied.)
without covetousness; Ἀφιλάργυρος Unavaricious without covetousness
and be (No Greek definition. English implied.)
content ἀρκούμενοι Properly, to ward off, i.e., (by implication) to avail (figuratively, be satisfactory) content
with such things as ye have: παροῦσιν To be near, i.e., at hand; neuter present participle (singular) time being, or (plural) property such things
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
he αὐτὸς The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons he
hath said, εἴρηκεν An alternate for G2036 in certain tenses; to utter, i.e., speak or say said
I will ἀνῶ To let up, i.e., (literally) slacken or (figuratively) desert, desist from I will
never Οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not never
leave ἀνῶ To let up, i.e., (literally) slacken or (figuratively) desert, desist from leave
thee, σε Thee thee
nor οὐδ᾽ Not however, i.e., neither, nor, not even nor
forsake ἐγκαταλίπω To leave behind in some place, i.e., (in a good sense) let remain over, or (in a bad sense) to desert forsake
thee. σε Thee thee

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  • 3  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

  • 4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

  • 5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

  • 6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

  • 7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.


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