But, 2beloved, we are convinced of betterthingsconcerning you, and things that caccompanysalvation, though we are speaking in thisway.
For 3God is not unjust so as to forget4your work and the lovewhich you have showntoward His name, in having 5ministered and in still ministering to the dsaints.
And we desire that eachone of you show the samediligenceeso as to realize the 6fullassurance of 7hopeuntil the end,
12so that you will not be sluggish, but 8imitators of those who through9faith and patience10inherit the promises.
For 11when Godmade the promise to Abraham, since He couldswear by noonegreater, He 12swore by Himself,
14saying, "13I WILL SURELYBLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELYMULTIPLY YOU."
And so, 14having patientlywaited, he obtained the promise.
1615For menswear by fonegreater than themselves, and with them 16an oath given as confirmation is an end of everydispute.
17gIn the same way God, desiringevenmore to show to 17the heirs of the promise18the unchangeableness of His purpose, hinterposed with an oath,
18so that by twounchangeablethings in which19it is impossible for God to lie, we who have itakenrefuge would havestrongencouragement to takehold of 20the hopesetbefore us.