But 1if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, 2and its end is to be burned.
Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things--things that belong to salvation.
For 3God is not unjust so as to overlook 4your work and the love that you have shown for his name in 5serving the saints, as you still do.
And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance 6of hope until the end,
so that you may not be sluggish, but 7imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, 8he swore by himself,
saying, 9"Surely I will bless you and multiply you."
And thus Abraham,a10having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes 11an oath is final for confirmation.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to 12the heirs of the promise 13the unchangeable character of his purpose, 14he guaranteed it with an oath,
so that by two unchangeable things, in which 15it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope 16set before us.