If we deliberately keep on sinning1 after we have received the knowledge of the truth,2 no sacrifice for sins is left,
but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire3 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.429
How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God5 under foot,6 who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant7 that sanctified him,8 and who has insulted the Spirit9 of grace?1030
For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"a11 and again, "The Lord will judge his people."b1231
It is a dreadful thing13 to fall into the hands14 of the living God.1532
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,16 when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.1733
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;18 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.1934
You sympathized with those in prison20 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.2135
So do not throw away your confidence;22 it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere23 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.24