Hebrews 6 New American Standard Bible

6 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ , let us press on to maturity , not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God , 2  of instruction about washings and laying on of hands , and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment . 3  And this we will do , if God permits . 4  For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit , 5  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come , 6  and then have fallen away , it is impossible to renew them again to repentance , 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 falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled , receives a blessing from God ; 8  but if it yields thorns and thistles , it is worthless and close to being cursed , and it ends up being burned .

9  But, beloved , we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation , though e we are speaking in this way . 10  For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name , in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints . 11  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end , 12  so that you will not be sluggish , but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises . 13  For when God made the promise to Abraham , since He could swear by no one greater , He swore by Himself , 14  saying , " I WILL SURELY e BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU." 15  And so , having patiently waited , he obtained the promise . 16  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute . 17  In the same way God , desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose , interposed with an oath , 18  so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie , we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul , a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil , 20  where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek .

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