A Serious Warning Against Falling Away

1 Therefore having left the word of the primacy of Christ, let us be brought forward to perfection, not again laying a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

1 Therefore (A)leaving (B)the (a)elementary teaching about the (b)Christ, let us press on to (c)(C)maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from (D)dead works and of faith toward God,

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 the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,(A)

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,

2 of doctrine of washings, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

2 of (E)instruction about washings and (F)laying on of hands, and the (G)resurrection of the dead and (H)eternal judgment.

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

2 teaching about ritual washings,(a) laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.(B)

2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

3 And this we will do, if of course God will permit.

3 And this we will do, (I)if God permits.

3 And this will we do, if God permit.

3 And we will do this if God permits.

3 And this we will do, if God permits.

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and who tasted of the heavenly gift, and who became partakers of Holy Spirit,

4 For in the case of those who have once been (J)enlightened and have tasted of (K)the heavenly gift and have been made (L)partakers of the Holy Spirit,

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 renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit,(C)

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 who tasted the good word of God and the powers of the coming age,

5 and (M)have tasted the good (N)word of God and the powers of (O)the age to come,

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,

6 and who fell away, to restore again to repentance, crucifying to themselves the Son of God, and disgracing him publicly.

6 and then have fallen away, it is (P)impossible to renew them again to repentance, (d)(Q)since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

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, because,(b) to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt.(D)

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 soil that has drunk the rain often coming upon it, and bringing forth vegetation useful for those by whom also it is cultivated, partakes of a blessing from God.

7 For ground that drinks the rain which often (e)falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those (R)for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;

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.

8 But producing thorns and thistles it is unfit and near a curse, the end of which is for burning.

8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and (S)close (f)to being cursed, and (g)it ends up being burned.

8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

8 But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and will be burned at the end.(E)

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.

God Will Not Forget You

9 But we are persuaded better things about you, beloved, and things that have salvation, even though we speak this way.

9 But, (T)beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that (h)accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.

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 the labor of love that ye showed toward his name, having served the sanctified, and who are serving.

10 For (U)God is not unjust so as to forget (V)your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having (W)ministered and in still ministering to the (i)saints.

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 unjust; He will not forget your work and the love(c) you showed for His name when you served the saints—and you continue to serve them.(F)

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.

11 And we earnestly desire each of you to show the same diligence toward the full assurance of the hope until the end,

11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence (j)so as to realize the (X)full assurance of (Y)hope until the end,

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.

12 so that ye may not become lazy, but imitators of those who, through faith and longsuffering, inherit the promises.

12 so that you will not be sluggish, but (Z)imitators of those who through (AA)faith and patience (AB)inherit the promises.

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

12 so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.(G)

12 Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are inheriting the promises through faith and patience.

The Reliability Of God's Promise

13 For God who promised to Abraham, since he had none greater to swear by, swore by himself,

13 For (AC)when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He (AD)swore by Himself,

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.

14 saying, Surely indeed, blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

14 saying, “(AE)I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

14 I will indeed bless you,and I will greatly multiply you.(H)(d)

14 He said, "I will certainly bless you and give you many descendants."

15 And this way, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

15 And so, (AF)having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

15 And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham(e) obtained the promise.

15 And so he obtained what he had been promised, because he patiently waited for it.

16 For men certainly swear by the greater, and of every dispute with them the oath is final for confirmation.

16 (AG)For men swear by (k)one greater than themselves, and with them (AH)an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.

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 By which God, wanting to demonstrate more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the immutableness of his resolve, confirmed it by an oath.

17 (l)In the same way God, desiring even more to show to (AI)the heirs of the promise (AJ)the unchangeableness of His purpose, (m)interposed with an oath,

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

17 Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath,(I)

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,

18 So that by two immutable events, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, having fled for refuge to seize the hope being openly displayed.

18 so that by two unchangeable things in which (AK)it is impossible for God to lie, we who have (n)taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of (AL)the hope set before us.

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 through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.(J)

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.

19 Which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and that enters into the interior of the veil,

19 (o)This (AM)hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which (AN)enters (p)within the veil,

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.(K)

19 That hope, firm and secure like an anchor for our souls, reaches behind the curtain

20 where the forerunner, Jesus, entered for us, having become a high priest into the age according to the order of Melchizedek.

20 (AO)where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a (AP)high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

20 Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner,(L) because He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.(M)

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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