God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.111
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope2 sure.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate3 those who through faith and patience4 inherit what has been promised.5
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,614
saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."a715
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.816
Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.917
Because God wanted to make the unchanging10 nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised,11 he confirmed it with an oath.
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,12 we who have fled to take hold of the hope13 offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,1420
where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.15 He has become a high priest16 forever, in the order of Melchizedek.17