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6 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, r 2 teaching about ritual washings, s laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. t 3 And we will do this if God permits.
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, u 5 tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age, 6 and who have fallen away, because, v to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt. w 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. 8 But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and will be burned at the end. x
9 Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with salvation. 10 For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love y you showed for His name when you served the * saints—and you continue to serve them. z 11 Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope, 12 so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance. a
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:
15 And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham d obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute. 17 Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, e 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. f 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. g 20 Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, h because He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. i
About The Holman Christian Standard Bible
The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.
Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.
Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.