But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers is reprobate and very near unto a curse: whose end is to be burnt.
But, my dearly beloved, we trust better things of you, and nearer to salvation; though we speak thus.
For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work and the love which you have shewn in his name, you who have ministered and do minister to the saints.
And we desire that every one of you shew forth the same carefulness to the accomplishing of hope unto the end:
That you become not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience shall inherit the promises.
For God making promises to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom he might swear, swore by himself,
Saying: Unless blessing I shall bless thee and multiplying I shall multiply thee.
And so patiently enduring he obtained the promise.
For men swear by one greater than themselves: and an oath for confirmation is the end of all their controversy.
Wherein God, meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed an oath:
That by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have the strongest comfort, we who have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us.