Hebrews 6

The Peril of Falling Away

1Therefore a  leaving b  the
Lit word of the beginning
elementary teaching about the
I.e. Messiah
Christ, let us press on to
Or perfection
,
f  maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from g  dead works and of faith toward God,
2of h  instruction about washings and i  laying on of hands, and the j  resurrection of the dead and k  eternal judgment. 3And this we will do l  if God permits. 4For in the case of those who have once been m  enlightened and have tasted of n  the heavenly gift and have been made o  partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5and p  have tasted the good q  word of God and the powers of r  the age to come, 6and then have fallen away, it is s  impossible to renew them again to repentance,
Or while
,
u  since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
7For ground that drinks the rain which often
Lit comes
falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those w  for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;
8but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and x  close
Lit near to a curse
to being cursed, and
Lit whose end is for burning
it ends up being burned.

Better Things for You

9But, aa  beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that
Or belong to
accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.
10For ac  God is not unjust so as to forget ad  your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ae  ministered and in still ministering to the
Or holy ones
saints.
11And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
Lit to the full
so as to realize the ah  full assurance of ai  hope until the end,
12so that you will not be sluggish, but aj  imitators of those who through ak  faith and patience al  inherit the promises.

13For am  when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He an  swore by Himself, 14saying ao  “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” 15And so ap  having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 aq  For men swear by
Or Him who is greater
one greater than themselves, and with them as  an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.
17
Lit In which
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to au  the heirs of the promise av  the unchangeableness of His purpose
Or guaranteed
interposed with an oath,
18so that by two unchangeable things in which ax  it is impossible for God to lie, we who have
Lit in which
taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of az  the hope set before us.
19
Lit Which hope we have
This bb  hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which bc  enters
Or inside
within the veil,
20 be  where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a bf  high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
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