Hebrews 6 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So let's press on to maturity, by moving on from the basics about Christ's word. Let's not lay a foundation of turning away from dead works, of 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 of teaching about ritual ways to wash with water, laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment—all over again. 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 We're going to press on, if God allows it. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 Because it's impossible to restore people to changed hearts and lives who turn away once they have seen the light, tasted the heavenly gift, become partners with 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 God's good word and the powers of the coming age. 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6 They are crucifying God's Son all over again and exposing him to public 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 The ground receives a blessing from God when it drinks up the rain that regularly comes and falls on it and yields useful plants for those who farm it. 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 produces thorns and thistles, it's useless and close to being cursed. It ends up being 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 we are convinced of better things in your case, brothers and sisters, even though we are talking this way—things that go together with salvation. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
10 God isn't unjust so that he forgets your efforts and the love you have shown for his name's sake when you served and continue to serve God's holy people. 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 But we desperately want each of you to show the same effort to make your hope sure 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 This is so you won't be lazy but follow the example of the ones who inherit 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 When God gave Abraham his promise, he swore by himself since he couldn't swear by anyone greater. 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 multiply your descendants. 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 So Abraham obtained the promise by showing patience. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People pledge by something greater than themselves. A solemn pledge guarantees what they say and shuts down any argument. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 When God wanted to further demonstrate to the heirs of the promise that his purpose doesn't change, he guaranteed it with a solemn pledge. 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 So these are two things that don't change, because it's impossible for God to lie. He did this so that we, who have taken refuge in him, can be encouraged to grasp the hope that is lying in front of 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 This hope, which is a safe and secure anchor for our whole being, enters the sanctuary 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 That's where Jesus went in advance and entered for us, since he became a high priest according to 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.