How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God1 under foot,2 who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant3 that sanctified him,4 and who has insulted the Spirit5 of grace?630
For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"a7 and again, "The Lord will judge his people."b831
It is a dreadful thing9 to fall into the hands10 of the living God.1132
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,12 when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.1333
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;14 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.1534
You sympathized with those in prison16 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.1735
So do not throw away your confidence;18 it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere19 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.2037
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming21 will come and will not delay.2238
But my righteous onec will live by faith.23 And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."d2439
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.