6 Wherefore dismissing the elementary discourse concerning the Christ Unto maturity let us be tending, Not again a foundation laying down—Of repentance from dead works And of faith towards God,
2 Of immersions—in respect of teaching And of the laying on of hands, Of the resurrection of the dead And of judgment age-abiding;—
3 And this will we do, if at least God permit.
4 For it is impossible—As to those who have been once for all illuminated, Who have tasted also of the heavenly free-gift And have been made partners in a Holy Spirit
5 And have tasted God’s utterance to be sweet, Mighty works also of a coming age,
6 And who have fallen away Again to be remoulding them into repentance; Seeing they are again crucifying unto themselves the Son of God And holding him up as an example.
7 For land which hath drunk in the rain thereupon ofttimes coming And which bringeth forth vegetation fit for them for whom it is even cultivated Partaketh of a blessing from God;
8 But should it be bringing forth thorns and briars It is disapproved, and unto cursing nigh,—Whose end is for burning.
9 But we are persuaded, concerning you, beloved, The things which are better and which contain salvation, Though even thus we speak.
10 For not unrighteous is God to be forgetful of your work and of the love which ye have shewn forth for his name, In that ye have ministered unto the saints and are ministering,—
11 But we covet That each one of you be shewing forth the same diligence Unto the full assurance of the hope throughout:
12 In order that not slothful ye may become, But imitators of them who through faith and patience were becoming heirs of the promises.
13 For when to Abraham God made promise Seeing he had no one greater by whom to swear He sware by himself,—
14 saying—Truly if blessing I will bless thee And multiplying I will multiply thee;
15 And thus being patient he attained unto the promise.
16 For men by the greater one swear, And with them an end of all gainsaying by way of confirmation is the oath:
17 Wherein God being more abundantly disposed to shew forth unto the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of his counsel Mediated with an oath,—
18 In order that through means of two unchangeable things In which it was impossible for God to make himself false A mighty consolation we might have Who have fled along to grasp the fore-lying hope,
19 Which we have as an anchor of the soul Both secure and firm, And entering into the interior of the veil:
20 Where a forerunner in our behalf hath entered even Jesus Who according to the rank of Melchizedek hath become a high-priest unto times age-abiding.