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Hebrews 6
2 With teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment and punishment. 3 If indeed God permits, we will proceed . 4 For it is impossible those who have been once for all enlightened, who have consciously tasted the heavenly gift and have become sharers of the Holy Spirit, 5 And have felt how good the Word of God is and the mighty powers of the age and world to come, 6 If they then deviate from the faith and turn away from their allegiance-- to bring them back to repentance, for (because, while, as long as) they nail upon the cross the Son of God afresh and are holding up to contempt and shame and public disgrace. 7 For the soil which has drunk the rain that repeatedly falls upon it and produces vegetation useful to those for whose benefit it is cultivated partakes of a blessing from God. 8 But if persistently bears thorns and thistles, it is considered worthless and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. 9 Even though we speak this way, yet in your case, beloved, we are now firmly convinced of better things that are near to salvation and accompany it. 10 For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name's sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do. 11 But we do desire for each of you to show the same diligence and sincerity in realizing and enjoying the full assurance and development of hope until the end, 12 In order that you may not grow disinterested and become sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are inheriting the promises. 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, 14 Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you. 15 And so it was that he , having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised him. 16 Men indeed swear by a greater , and with them in all disputes the oath taken for confirmation is final . 17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath. 18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before . 19 we have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul that reaches Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.farther and enters into within the veil, 20 Where Jesus has entered in for us , a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.the rank) of Melchizedek.