Even though we speak like this, dear friends,1 we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
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.211
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope3 sure.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate4 those who through faith and patience5 inherit what has been promised.6
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,714
saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."a815
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.916
Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.1017
Because God wanted to make the unchanging11 nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised,12 he confirmed it with an oath.
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,13 we who have fled to take hold of the hope14 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,15