The Peril of Falling Away1 Therefore a leaving b the ▼
▼ Lit word of the beginningelementary teaching about the ▼
▼ I.e. MessiahChrist, 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, 2 of h instruction about washings and i laying on of hands, and the j resurrection of the dead and k eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do l if God permits. 4 For 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, 5 and p have tasted the good q word of God and the powers of r the age to come, 6 and 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. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often ▼
▼ Lit comesfalls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those w for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and x close ▼
▼ Lit near to a curseto being cursed, and ▼
▼ Lit whose end is for burningit ends up being burned.
Better Things for You9 But, aa beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that ▼
▼ Or belong toaccompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10 For 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 onessaints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence ▼
▼ Lit to the fullso as to realize the ah full assurance of ai hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but aj imitators of those who through ak faith and patience al inherit the promises. 13 For am when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He an swore by Himself, 14 saying ao “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” 15 And so ap having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 aq For men swear by ▼
▼ Or Him who is greaterone greater than themselves, and with them as an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 ▼
▼ Lit In whichIn the same way God, desiring even more to show to au the heirs of the promise av the unchangeableness of His purpose ▼
▼ Or guaranteedinterposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which ax it is impossible for God to lie, we who have ▼
▼ Lit in whichtaken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of az the hope set before us. 19 ▼
▼ Lit Which hope we haveThis bb hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which bc enters ▼
▼ Or insidewithin 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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