Hebrews 6:8-18 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 but if it keeps producing thorns and thistles, it fails the test and is close to being cursed;w 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 Now even though we speak this way, dear friends, we are confident that you have the better things that come with being delivered. 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 so unfair as to forget your work and the love you showed for him in your past service to his people - and in your present service too. 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 However, we want each one of you to keep showing the same diligence right up to the end, when your hope will be realized; 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
12 so that you will not become sluggish, but will be imitators of those who by their trust and patience are receiving what has been 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 For when God made his promise to Avraham, he swore an oath to do what he had promised; and since there was no one greater than himself for him to swear by, he swore 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 and said, "I will certainly bless you, and I will certainly give you many descendants"; 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 and so, after waiting patiently, Avraham saw the promise fulfilled. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 Now people swear oaths by someone greater than themselves, and confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 Therefore, when God wanted to demonstrate still more convincingly the unchangeable character of his intentions to those who were to receive what he had promised, he added an oath to the promise; 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 that through two unchangeable things, in neither of which God could lie, we, who have fled to take a firm hold on the hope set before us, would be strongly encouraged. 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.