and 1have tasted the good2word of God and the powers of 3the age to come,
and then have fallenaway, it is 4impossible to renew them again to repentance, a5since they againcrucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to openshame.
For ground that drinks the rain which oftenbfalls on it and bringsforthvegetationuseful to those6for whosesake it is alsotilled, receives a blessing from God;
but if it yieldsthorns and thistles, it is worthless and 7closecto being cursed, and dit ends up being burned.
But, 8beloved, we are convinced of betterthingsconcerning you, and things that eaccompanysalvation, though we are speaking in thisway.
For 9God is not unjust so as to forget10your work and the lovewhich you have showntoward His name, in having 11ministered and in still ministering to the fsaints.
And we desire that eachone of you show the samediligencegso as to realize the 12fullassurance of 13hopeuntil the end,
12so that you will not be sluggish, but 14imitators of those who through15faith and patience16inherit the promises.
For 17when Godmade the promise to Abraham, since He couldswear by noonegreater, He 18swore by Himself,
14saying, "19I WILL SURELYBLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELYMULTIPLY YOU."
And so, 20having patientlywaited, he obtained the promise.