6 ** Wherefore let us drop primary propositions about the Christ and push on to adult work, not re-laying a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms and laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible to renew again to repentance those who were once lighted up and tasted the heavenly gift and became partakers in the Holy Spirit 5 and tasted God’s good word and the powers of a future age, 6 and have gone off the track; men that are recrucifying the Son of God for themselves and making a spectacle of him. 7 For land that has drunk the rain which came repeatedly upon it and brings forth vegetation fit for the purposes of those on whose account it is worked enjoys a blessing from God, 8 * but such as puts out thorns and thistles is worthless and close to a curse, coming in the end to burning. 9 But we are persuaded of better things about you, dear friends, and things that go with salvation, though we do speak thus. 10 For God is not unjust, to forget your work and the love you have displayed toward his name in the services you have rendered and are rendering to his people. 11 But we wish each of you might display the same earnestness with reference to certitude of hope to the end, 12 in order that you may not come out dullards but imitators of those who through faith and patience were granted the promises. 13 For in giving Abraham the promise God, since he had no way to swear by any greater, swore by himself 14 “Verily I will bless you and make you numerous.” 15 And thus when he had been patient he won the promise. 16 * For men swear by the greater, and the oath is for them the assuring end of all contradiction; 17 which being so, God, wishing particularly to show the grantees of the promise the immutability of his plan, interposed with an oath, 18 in order that by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie we might have a strong encouragement, we who have sought refuge in grasping the hope that lies before us. 19 Which hope we have as an anchor for the soul, safe and firm and going inside the curtain, 20 where Jesus went in for us in advance when he became high priest forever in such station as Melchisedek’s was.
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