What does "fruit of our lips" mean in Hebrews 13:15?


Hebrews 13:15

ESV - 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the "fruit of our lips" refers to our words, which are figuratively pictured as being brought forth from our lips, in the same way that fruit (or crops) come forth from the ground.. The verse is expressing the idea that our words should be an offering of praise and thankfulness to God, in the same way that a thanksgiving offering of crops was commanded to be made to Him in the Old Testament (Leviticus 23:9-14).

September 23 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

4c641a4f dc1e 4a72 9f55 9508fb3f6335 Bea Rejino Homemaker
The fruit of our lips.
Let’s proclaim our faith in Jesus, sharing with others who he is and what he has done in our lives and continues to do to this very day. This is because he is very much alive and this will bring praise and glory to God. I believe that’s what this passage reveals.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Hebrews 13:15 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.

By him —Jesus, as the Mediator of our prayers and praises (Jn 14:13-14); not by Jewish observances (Ps 50:14, 23; 107:22; 116:17). It was an old saying of the rabbis, “At a future time all sacrifices shall cease, but praises shall not cease.”

of praise —for salvation.

continually—not merely at fixed seasons, as those on which the legal sacrifices were offered, but throughout all our lives.

fruit of our lips—(Is 57:19; Ho 14:2 NIV). "Fruit" in the Bible symbolizes completely different things: children (Ps. 128:3; Micah 6:7), godly life/character (Ps. 1:3; John 15:8; Gal. 5:22-23), WORDS (HEBREWS 13:15), breasts (Song of Solomon 7:7); peace (Isa. 32:17 KJV; Gal. 5:22), love (Hosea 10:12 KJV; Gal. 5:22), and ministry/converts (Mt. 7:16-20; Luke 6:43-45; Phil. 1:22; Col. 1:6). 

The 1st of 2 spiritual sacrifices [the 2nd is in Heb. 13:16] is offering continual praise to God (Heb. 13:15). The words of praise from our lips, coming from our hearts, are like beautiful fruit laid on the altar. How easy it is for suffering saints to complain, but how important it is for them to thank God.

giving thanks —Greek, “confessing.” BENGEL remarks that the Hebrew, “todah,” is beautifully emphatic. It means “acknowledgment” or “confession.” In praising a creature, we may easily exceed the truth; but in praising God we have only to go on confessing what He really is to us. Hence it is impossible to exceed the truth, and here is genuine praise.

March 22 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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