The Danger of Falling Away

Therefore (A)leaving (B)the [a]elementary teaching about the [b]Christ, let us press on to [c](C)maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from (D)dead works and of faith toward God, of (E)instruction about [d]washings and (F)laying on of hands, and about the (G)resurrection of the dead and (H)eternal judgment. And this we will do, (I)if God permits. For it is (J)impossible, in the case of those who have once been (K)enlightened and have tasted of (L)the heavenly gift and have been made (M)partakers of the Holy Spirit, and (N)have tasted the good (O)word of God and the powers of (P)the age to come, and then have [e]fallen away, to (Q)restore them again to repentance, [f](R)since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. For ground that drinks the rain which often [g]falls on it and produces vegetation useful to those (S)for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and [h](T)close to being cursed, and [i]it ends up being burned.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 6:1 Lit word of the beginning
  2. Hebrews 6:1 I.e., Messiah
  3. Hebrews 6:1 Or perfection
  4. Hebrews 6:2 Or baptisms
  5. Hebrews 6:6 Or committed apostasy; i.e., renounced the faith
  6. Hebrews 6:6 Or while
  7. Hebrews 6:7 Lit comes
  8. Hebrews 6:8 Lit near to a curse
  9. Hebrews 6:8 Lit whose end is for burning

It is for discipline that you endure; (A)God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, (B)of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had [a]earthly fathers to discipline us, and we (C)respected them; shall we not much more be subject to (D)the Father of [b]spirits, and (E)live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, (F)so that we may share His holiness. 11 (G)For the moment, all discipline seems not to be pleasant, but painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the (H)peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12 Therefore, [c](I)strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and (J)make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is impaired may not be dislocated, but rather (K)be healed.

14 (L)Pursue peace with all people, and the (M)holiness without which no one will (N)see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one (O)comes short of the grace of God; that no (P)root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become (Q)defiled; 16 that there be no (R)sexually immoral or (S)godless person like Esau, (T)who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 12:9 Lit fathers of our flesh
  2. Hebrews 12:9 Or our spirits
  3. Hebrews 12:12 Lit make straight