THE EPISTLE OF THE
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Hebrews 6 ©
1 The apostle testifies that he will go forward to perfection, and not treat now of the first principles of Christian doctrine, the chief points whereof he briefly rehearses. 3 But that notwithstanding upon another opportunity he will also do this. 4 Seeing it is impossible that they who fall from thence, after that they have tasted the gifts of the Spirit, should again be renewed unto repentance. 7 Declares this by a similitude of fruitful and barren ground. 9 Testifies that by the fruits of their love he has a better opinion of them. 11 But that he speaks this to stir them up to diligence, and to more firm hope in God’s promises. 13 Seeing God has not only made them by words, but also by oath confirmed them to Abraham and his seed. 16 Which oath is an end of all contention amongst men, much more than with God Who cannot lie. 19 Wherefore we must fasten our hope in heaven as an anchor of the soul. 20 Where Christ our High Priest entered for us.
THEREFORE leaving 1the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on 2unto perfection; not laying again 3the foundation of repentance 4from dead works, and of faith 5toward God,
Of the doctrine 6of baptisms, and 7of laying on of hands, and 8of resurrection of the dead, and 9of eternal judgment.
And 10this will we do, ifa God permit.
Forbit is 11impossible for those 12who were once enlightened, and have tasted of 13the heavenly gift, and were made partakers 14of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted 15the good word of God, and 16the powers of the world to come,
If 17they shall 18fall away, to renew them 19again unto repentance; 20seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
21For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, 22receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is 23nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
24But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany 25salvation, though we 26thus speak.
Forc God is not 27unrighteous 28to forget 29your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed 30toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence 31to the full assurance of hope 32unto the end:
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and 33patience inherit 34the promises.
For 35when God made 36promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
Saying, 37Surelyd38blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
And so, after he had 39patiently endured, he obtained 40the promise.
For men verily swear 41by the greater: and ane42oath 43for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, 44confirmed it by an oath:
That 45by 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 46the hope set before us:
47Which hope we have 48as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that 49within the veil;
Whither 50the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made anf high priest for ever after the order of 51Melchisedec.