Hebrews 6

1Therefore a  let us leave b  the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance c  from dead works and of faith toward God, 2and of d  instruction about washings,
Or baptisms (that is, cleansing rites)
f  the laying on of hands, g  the resurrection of the dead, and h  eternal judgment.
3And this we will do i  if God permits. 4For it is impossible, in the case of those j  who have once been enlightened, who have tasted k  the heavenly gift, and l  have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5and m  have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and n  then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since o  they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7For p  land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8But q  if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed r  and its end is to be burned.

9Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better thingsthings that belong to salvation. 10For s  God is not unjust so as to overlook t  your work and the love that you have shown for his name in u  serving the saints, as you still do. 11And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance v  of hope until the end, 12so that you may not be sluggish, but w  imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear x  he swore by himself, 14saying y  Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15And thus Abraham,
Greek he
aa  having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
16For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes ab  an oath is final for confirmation. 17So when God desired to show more convincingly to ac  the heirs of the promise ad  the unchangeable character of his purpose, ae  he guaranteed it with an oath, 18so that by two unchangeable things, in which af  it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope ag  set before us. 19We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into ah  the inner place behind the curtain, 20where Jesus has gone ai  as a forerunner on our behalf aj  having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

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