1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
1 Therefore, leaving behind the elementary teachings about the Messiah, let us continue to be carried along to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead actions, faith toward God,
1 Therefore let us get past the elementary stage in the teachings about the Christ, advancing on to maturity and perfection and spiritual completeness, [doing this] without laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
2 of teaching about washings (ritual purifications), the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. [These are all important matters in which you should have been proficient long ago.]
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
4 For it is impossible to keep on restoring to repentance time and again people who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have become partners with the Holy Spirit,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
5 tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age,
5 who have tasted the goodness of God's word and the powers of the coming age,
5 and have tasted and consciously experienced the good word of God and the powers of the age (world) to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
6 and who have fallen away, as long as they continue to crucify the Son of God to their own detriment by exposing him to public ridicule.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
7 For ground that has drunk the rain that has often fallen on it and that produces vegetation useful to those it is cultivated for receives a blessing from God.
7 For when the ground soaks up rain that often falls on it and continues producing vegetation useful to those for whom it is cultivated, it receives a blessing from God.
7 For soil that drinks the rain which often falls on it and produces crops useful to those for whose benefit it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God;
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
8 However, if it continues to produce thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed, and in the end will be burned.
9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
9 Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with salvation.
9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case, things that point to salvation.
10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
10 For God is not so unjust as to forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have ministered to the saints and continue to minister to them.
10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people), as you do.
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
11 Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope,
11 But we want each of you to continue to be diligent to the very end, in order to give full assurance to your hope.
11 And we desire for each one of you to show the same diligence [all the way through] so as to realize and enjoy the full assurance of hope until the end,
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
12 Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are inheriting the promises through faith and patience.
12 so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:
13 For when God made his promise to Abraham, he swore an oath by himself, since he had no one greater to swear by.
13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, He swore [an oath] by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
14 He said, "I will certainly bless you and give you many descendants."
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
15 And so he obtained what he had been promised, because he patiently waited for it.
15 And so, having patiently waited, he realized the promise [in the miraculous birth of Isaac, as a pledge of what was to come from God].
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
16 For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute.
16 For people swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all argument.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
17 In the same way, when God wanted to make the unchangeable character of his purpose perfectly clear to the heirs of his promise, he guaranteed it with an oath,
17 In the same way God, in His desire to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable nature of His purpose, intervened and guaranteed it with an oath,
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
18 so that by these two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to prove false, we who have taken refuge in him might be encouraged to seize the hope set before us.
18 so that by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us.
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
19 That hope, firm and secure like an anchor for our souls, reaches behind the curtain
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
20 where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone on our behalf, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
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