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1 Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward 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 of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of 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 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6 and [then] fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 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 For the land which hath drunk the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receiveth blessing from God: 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 but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigh unto a curse; whose end is to 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 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak: 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
10 for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister. 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 And we desire that each one of you may show the same diligence unto the fulness of hope even to 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 that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by 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 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with 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 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: 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 which we have as an anchor of the soul, [a hope] both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil; 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
20 whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.