1 Therefore having left the word of the beginning of Christ, let us be carried to perfection; not again laying the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 of the teaching of baptisms, and of the laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And we will do this, if God may permit.
4 For it is impossible that those having been once enlightened, and tasted the heavenly gift, and have been made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 and having tasted the beautiful word of God, and the dynamites of the coming age, 6 indeed having fallen away, to renew them again unto repentance; having crucified to themselves again the Son of God, and put him to an open shame. 7 For the earth drinking the rain coming often upon her, and bringing forth the herb nutritious to those by whom it is also cultivated, receives blessings from God: 8 but that which produces thorns and thistles, is reprobate, and nigh unto the curse; whose end is unto burning.
9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things concerning you, and things appertaining to salvation, if indeed we do thus speak. 10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the divine love which you manifested in his name, having ministered to the saints, and ministering. 11 But we desire each one of you to exhibit the same diligence unto the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 in order that you may not be dull, but imitators of those who through faith and longsufferings do inherit the promises.
13 For God having promised Abraham, since he had no greater one by whom to swear, swore by himself,
15 and thus having waited long, he received the promise. 16 For men swear by the greater: and an oath of confirmation is to them an end to all controversy: 17 but God, in this wishing more abundantly to show forth to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 that through two immutable things in which it was impossible that God should lie, we who have fled may have a strong consolation to lay hold of the hope set before us, 19 which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is in the veil, 20 whither Jesus the forerunner has entered in our behalf, having been made a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.