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Hebrews 6 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So let us go on to grown-up teaching. Let us not go back over the beginning lessons we learned about Christ. We should not again start teaching about faith in God and about turning away from those acts that lead to death. 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 should not return to the teaching about baptisms, about laying on of hands, about the raising of the dead and eternal judgment. 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 And we will go on to grown-up teaching if God allows. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 Some people cannot be brought back again to a changed life. They were once in God's light, and enjoyed heaven's 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 found out how good God's word is, and they received the powers of his new world. 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6 But they fell away from Christ. It is impossible to bring them back to a changed life again, because they are nailing the Son of God to a cross again and are shaming him in front of others. 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 Some people are like land that gets plenty of rain. The land produces a good crop for those who work it, and it receives God's blessings. 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 Other people are like land that grows thorns and weeds and is worthless. It is in danger of being cursed by God and will be destroyed by fire. 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, we are saying this to you, but we really expect better things from you that will lead to your 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 is fair; he will not forget the work you did and the love you showed for him by helping his people. And he will remember that you are still helping 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 go on with the same hard work all your lives so you will surely get what you hope for. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
12 We do not want you to become lazy. Be like those who through faith and patience will receive what God has promised. 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. And as there is no one greater than God, he used himself when he swore to Abraham, 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, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants." 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 Abraham waited patiently for this to happen, and he received what God promised. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People always use the name of someone greater than themselves when they swear. The oath proves that what they say is true, and this ends all arguing. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 God wanted to prove that his promise was true to those who would get what he promised. And he wanted them to understand clearly that his purposes never change, so he made 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 These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope 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 hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. It enters behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place in heaven, 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 has gone ahead of us and for us. He has become the high priest forever, a priest like 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.