1Thereforeleaving the principlesa of the doctrine of Christ, let us go onuntoperfection;notlayingagain the foundation of repentancefromdeadworks,and of faithtowardGod,2
Of the doctrine of baptisms,and of laying on of hands,and of resurrection of the dead,and of eternaljudgment.3Andthis will we do , ifGodpermit .
4For it is impossible for those who were onceenlightened , and have tasted of the heavenlygift,and were madepartakers of the HolyGhost,5And have tasted the goodword of God,and the powers of the world to come ,
6If they shall fall away , to renew themagainuntorepentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of Godafresh , and put him to an open shame .
7For the earthwhich drinketh in the rain that comethoftuponit,and bringeth forthherbsmeet for thembybwhom it is dressed , receivethblessingfromGod:8But that which beareththornsandbriers is rejected,and is nigh unto cursing;whoseend is to be burned.9But,beloved, we are persuaded better thingsofyou,and things that accompanysalvation,thoughwethusspeak .
10ForGod is notunrighteous to forgetyourworkandlabour of love,which ye have shewedtowardhisname, in that ye have ministered to the saints,and do minister .
11And we desire that every one of you do shew the samediligenceto the full assurance of hopeunto the end:12That ye benotslothful,butfollowers of them who throughfaithandpatienceinherit the promises.13For when God made promise to Abraham,because he couldswearbynogreater, he swarebyhimself,14Saying , Surelyblessing I will blessthee,andmultiplying I will multiplythee.15Andso, after he had patiently endured , he obtained the promise.16Formenverilyswearby the greater:and an oathforconfirmation is to them an end of allstrife.17WhereinGod,willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of hiscounsel,confirmed it byc an oath:18Thatbytwoimmutablethings,inwhich it was impossible for God to lie , we might have a strongconsolation,who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us :
19Which hope we haveas an anchor of the soul,bothsureandstedfast,and which enterethinto that within the veil;20Whither the forerunnerisforusentered , even Jesus,made an high priestforeverafter the order of Melchisedec.