Hebrews 6:7-17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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7 Parched ground that soaks up the rain and then produces an abundance of carrots and corn for its gardener gets God's "Well done!" 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 weeds and thistles, it's more likely to get cussed out. Fields like that are burned, not harvested. 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 I'm sure that won't happen to you, friends. I have better things in mind for you - salvation things! 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
10 God doesn't miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you've shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. 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 now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
12 Don't drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. 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 made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. 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 promise that I'll bless you with everything I have - bless and bless and bless!" 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they'll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. 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 guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee - 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.