Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence1 to enter the Most Holy Place2 by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way3 opened for us through the curtain,4 that is, his body,
and since we have a great priest5 over the house of God,622
let us draw near to God7 with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,8 having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience9 and having our bodies washed with pure water.1023
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope11 we profess,12 for he who promised is faithful.1324
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.1425
Let us not give up meeting together,15 as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another16--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.1726
If we deliberately keep on sinning18 after we have received the knowledge of the truth,19 no sacrifice for sins is left,
but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire20 that will consume the enemies of God.
Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.2129
How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God22 under foot,23 who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant24 that sanctified him,25 and who has insulted the Spirit26 of grace?2730
For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"a28 and again, "The Lord will judge his people."b2931
It is a dreadful thing30 to fall into the hands31 of the living God.3232
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,33 when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.3433
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;35 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.3634
You sympathized with those in prison37 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.3835
So do not throw away your confidence;39 it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere40 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.4137
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming42 will come and will not delay.4338
But my righteous onec will live by faith.44 And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."d4539
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.