Hebrews 6 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 With this in mind, we should stop going over the elementary truths about Christ and move on to topics for more mature people. We shouldn't repeat the basics about turning away from the useless things we did and the basics about faith in God. 1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
2 We shouldn't repeat the basic teachings about such things as baptisms, setting people apart for holy tasks, dead people coming back to life, and eternal judgment. 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 If God permits, we will do this. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 Some people once had God's light. They experienced the heavenly gift and shared in the Holy Spirit. 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,
5 They experienced the goodness of God's word and the powers of the world to come. 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6 Yet, they have deserted [Christ]. They are crucifying the Son of God again and publicly disgracing him. Therefore, they cannot be led a second time to God. 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
7 God blesses the earth. So rain often falls on it, and it produces useful crops for farmers. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.
8 However, if the earth produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
9 Dear friends, even though we say these things, we are still convinced that better things are in store for you and that they will save you. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
10 God is fair. He won't forget what you've done or the love you've shown for him. You helped his holy people, and you continue to help them. 10 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.
11 We want each of you to prove that you're working hard so that you will remain confident until the end. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
12 Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are receiving the promises through faith and patience. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
13 God made a promise to Abraham. Since he had no one greater on whom to base his oath, he based it on himself. 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,
14 He said, "I will certainly bless you and give you many descendants." 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 So Abraham received what God promised because he waited patiently for it. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 When people take oaths, they base their oaths on someone greater than themselves. Their oaths guarantee what they say and end all arguments. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 God wouldn't change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
18 God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
19 We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the [holy] place behind the curtain 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
20 where Jesus went before us on our behalf. He has become the chief priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest. 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.