1Therefore, having left the word of the beginning of the Messiah, let us go on to perfection,#See Mat. 5:48 not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of belief toward Elohim,
2of the teaching of immersions, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of everlasting judgment.
3And this we shall do, if Elohim indeed permits.
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Set-apart Spirit,
5and have tasted the good Word of Elohim and the powers of the age to come,
6and fall away, to renew them again to repentance – having impaled for themselves the Son of Elohim again, and put Him to open shame.#See Heb. 10:26-31
7For ground that is drinking the rain often falling on it, and is bearing plants fit for those by whom it is tilled, receives blessing from Elohim,
8but if it brings forth thorns and thistles,# Gen. 3:18 it is rejected and near to being cursed, and ends up by being burned.
9But although we speak in this way, beloved, we are persuaded, concerning you, of better matters which possess deliverance.
10For Elohim is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His Name, in that you have attended to the set-apart ones, and still attend.
11And we desire that each one of you show the same eagerness, to the entire confirmation of expectation until the end,
12in order that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through belief and patience inherit the promises.
13For Elohim, having promised Aḇraham, since He could swear by no one greater, swore by Himself,#See Gen. 22:16
14saying, “Truly, blessing I shall bless you, and increasing I shall increase you.”# Gen. 22:18
15And so, after being patient, he obtained the promise.
16For men do indeed swear by the one greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.
17In this way Elohim, resolving to show even more clearly to the heirs of promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, confirmed it by an oath,
18so that by two unchangeable matters in which it is impossible for Elohim to lie, we might have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the expectation set before us,
19which we have as an anchor of the life, both safe and firm, and entering into that within the veil,
20where יהושע has entered as a forerunner for us, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq.# Psa. 110:4