But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and will be burned at the end.
Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with salvation.
For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the lovea you showed for His name when you served the saints-and you continue to serve them.
Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope,
so that you won't become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:
I will most certainly bless you, and I will greatly multiply you. b15
And so, after waiting patiently, Abrahamc obtained the promise.
For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute.
Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath,
so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.