Let Us Draw Near and Hold Fast
19 Therefore , brethren , since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus , 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil , that is, His flesh , 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God , 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith , having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water . 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering , for He who promised is faithful ; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds , 25 not forsaking our own assembling together , as is the habit of some , but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near . 26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth , there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins , 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES . 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses . 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God , and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified , and has insulted the Spirit of grace ? 30 For we know Him who said , " VENGEANCE IS MINE , I WILL REPAY ." And again , " THE Lord WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE ." 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God . 32 But remember the former days , when e , after being enlightened , you endured a great conflict of sufferings , 33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations , and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated . 34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property , knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. 35 Therefore , do not throw away your confidence , which has a great reward . 36 For you have need of endurance , so that when you have done the will of God , you may receive what was promised . 37 FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE , HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME , AND WILL NOT DELAY . 38 BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH ; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK , MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction , but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul .