1 Let us therefore leave elementary Christian teaching alone and advance toward maturity. We must not be always relaying foundations, of repentance for wrong-doing, and of faith in 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 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 with the teaching of baptism and the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and final judgment.
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.
4 For it is impossible to arouse people to a fresh repentance when they have once for all come into the light and had a taste of the gift from heaven, and shared in 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 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 felt the goodness of the word of God and the strong influences of the coming age,
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 yet have fallen back, for they crucify the Son of God on their own account, and hold him up to contempt.
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 Ground that drinks in frequent showers and produces vegetation that is of use to those for whom it is cultivated receives God's blessing.
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 if it yields thorns and thistles, it is thought worthless and almost cursed, and it will finally be burned.
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 about you, dear friends, even though we say this, we are sure of better things that promise salvation.
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 so unjust as to forget the work you have done and the love you have showed for his cause, in giving help to your fellow-Christians as you still do.
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.
11 But we want each of you to exhibit this same earnestness to the very end with regard to your confidence in your hope,
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 you may never grow careless, but may learn to follow the example of those who through their faith and endurance are the possessors of God's promises.
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.
13 For when God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to make oath by, he did so 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 and said, "I will certainly bless you richly, and greatly increase your numbers."
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 waiting patiently, he received what God had promised him.
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.
16 For men make oath by something greater than themselves, and they accept an oath as settling finally any disagreement they may have.
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 Therefore, God in his desire to make it perfectly clear to those to whom he made his promise, that his purpose was unalterable, bound himself 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 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 these two unalterable things, which make it impossible for God to break his promise, we who have taken refuge with him may be greatly encouraged to seize upon the hope that is offered to 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 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 This hope is like an anchor for our souls. It reaches up secure and strong into the sanctuary behind the heavenly curtain,
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 where Jesus has gone ahead of us, and become forever a high priest of the priesthood of Melchizedek.
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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