1Therefore, leaving behind the initial lessons about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of turning from works that lead to death, trusting God, 2and instruction about washings, s’mikhah, the resurrection of the dead and eternal punishment. 3And, God willing, this is what we will do.
4For when people have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become sharers in the Ruach HaKodesh, 5and tasted the goodness of God’s Word and the powers of the ‘olam haba — 6and then have fallen away — it is impossible to renew them so that they turn from their sin, as long as for themselves they keep executing the Son of God on the stake all over again and keep holding him up to public contempt. 7For the land that soaks up frequent rains and then brings forth a crop useful to its owners receives a blessing from God; 8but if it keeps producing thorns and thistles, it fails the test and is close to being cursed; in the end, it will be burned.
9Now even though we speak this way, dear friends, we are confident that you have the better things that come with being delivered. 10For God is not so unfair as to forget your work and the love you showed for him in your past service to his people — and in your present service too. 11However, we want each one of you to keep showing the same diligence right up to the end, when your hope will be realized; 12so that you will not become sluggish, but will be imitators of those who by their trust and patience are receiving what has been promised.
13For when God made his promise to Avraham, he swore an oath to do what he had promised; and since there was no one greater than himself for him to swear by, he swore by himself 14and said,
“I will certainly bless you,
and I will certainly give you many descendants”;
15and so, after waiting patiently, Avraham saw the promise fulfilled. 16Now people swear oaths by someone greater than themselves, and confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. 17Therefore, when God wanted to demonstrate still more convincingly the unchangeable character of his intentions to those who were to receive what he had promised, he added an oath to the promise; 18so that through two unchangeable things, in neither of which God could lie, we, who have fled to take a firm hold on the hope set before us, would be strongly encouraged. 19We have this hope as a sure and safe anchor for ourselves, a hope that goes right on through to what is inside the parokhet, 20where a forerunner has entered on our behalf, namely, Yeshua, who has become a cohen gadol forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.