For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"a1 and again, "The Lord will judge his people."b231
It is a dreadful thing3 to fall into the hands4 of the living God.532
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,6 when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.733
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;8 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.934
You sympathized with those in prison10 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.1135
So do not throw away your confidence;12 it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere13 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.1437
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming15 will come and will not delay.1638
But my righteous onec will live by faith.17 And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."d1839
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.