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Therefore, having left the beginning doctrines of Christ, let us be led forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith toward God,

the doctrine of baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment.

And we will do this if God permits.

For it is impossible that those who were once lightened - and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

and have tasted of the good word of God, and of the powers of the world to come -

if they should fall away, would be renewed again by repentance (seeing they crucify the Son of God to themselves again, and make a mockery of Him).

For the earth, which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it and brings forth useful herbs for those who till it, receives blessing from God.

But that which bears thorns and briars is rejected and near to being cursed (whose end is to be burned).

But beloved, even though we speak in this way, we are still persuaded of better things concerning you and things which accompany salvation.

10 For God is not unrighteous, so that He should forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward his Name. In that you have ministered to the saints, and still minister.

11 And we desire that every one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end,

12 so that you are not slothful but followers of those who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises.

13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself (because He had no greater to swear by),

14 saying, “Surely I will abundantly bless you, and multiply you marvelously.”

15 And so, after he had waited patiently, he enjoyed the promise.

16 For men indeed swear by Him Who is greater. And an oath of confirmation is an end of all strife among them.

17 So God, wanting to more abundantly show the stableness of His counsel to the heirs of promise, bound Himself by an oath.

18 So that by two immutable things (in which it is impossible for God to lie), we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to lay hold upon the hope that is set before us,

19 We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, and entering in those places behind the veil

20 where the forerunner, Jesus - Who was made High Priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek - has entered in for us.

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