And thus Abraham,a1having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes 2an oath is final for confirmation.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to 3the heirs of the promise 4the unchangeable character of his purpose, 5he guaranteed it with an oath,
so that by two unchangeable things, in which 6it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope 7set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into 8the inner place behind the curtain,
where Jesus has gone 9as a forerunner on our behalf, 10having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.