1 Wherefore leaving the account of the beginning of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of a change of mind from dead works, and of faith in God, 2 of baptisms taught, and the imposition of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of the eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.
4 For those once enlightened and having tasted of the heavenly gift and been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and having tasted of the good word of God and the powers of the life to come, 6 and having fallen away, it is impossible again to renew to a change of mind, they having crucified again and exposed to shame the Son of God. 7 But the land which drinks in the rain that often falls on it, and produces plants beneficial to those by whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God; 8 but that which produces thorns and thistles is disapproved, and is nigh to a curse, the end of which is to be burned.
9 But we are persuaded better things of you, beloved, and things pertaining to salvation, though we thus speak. 10 For God is not unjust, to forget your work, and the love which you showed for his name, having served the saints and [still] serving them. 11 But we desire each of you to show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end, 12 that you be not stupid, but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
15 and so having waited long he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by a greater, and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all dispute; 17 for which cause, God wishing more abundantly to show to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who fled to lay hold on the hope set before us, 19 which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and entering within the vail, 20 where our forerunner Jesus entered, made after the order of Melchisedec a chief priest forever.