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. (Hebrews 13:5, KJV)

The text indicates that God (referenced in prior verse) has said this. But where in the Bible is it recorded? What seems to be a prayer asking for God to not leave nor forsake us can be found:

The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: (1 Kings 8:57, KJV)

...but making a request and making a declarative statement are not the same thing.

Wherein, therefore, can Hebrews 13:5 be shown to be true?

  • He doth not fail thee nor forsake thee; fear not, nor be affrighted.' Deuteronomy 31:8 Young's Literal Translation.
    – Nigel J
    Jun 13, 2023 at 8:34

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Heb 13:5 is a partial quote from Deut 31:8.

"And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

  • What version is that? I was not finding that because KJV has it as: "And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed." (Deuteronomy 31:8, KJV)
    – Biblasia
    Jun 13, 2023 at 0:20
  • That Is from the NKJV
    – oldhermit
    Jun 13, 2023 at 0:26
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    Thank you! Now I need to add Deuteronomy 31:8 as a cross-reference for Hebrews 13:5. It seems odd that the cross-references in my Bible missed it.
    – Biblasia
    Jun 13, 2023 at 0:34
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    NOTE: Having found it, Deuteronomy 31:6 also has similar phrasing: "Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
    – Biblasia
    Jun 13, 2023 at 1:07

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