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Another Warning

26 For if we continue to persist in deliberate sin after we have known and received the truth, there is not another sacrifice for sin to be made for us. 27 But this would qualify one for the certain, terrifying expectation of judgment and the raging fire ready to burn up his enemies![a] 28 Anyone who disobeyed Moses’ law died without mercy on the simple evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you suppose a person deserves to be judged who has contempt for God’s Son,[b] and who scorns the blood of the new covenant that made him holy, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?[c]

30 For we know him who said,

“I have the right to take revenge
    and pay them back for their evil!”

And also,

“The Lord God will judge his own people!”[d]

31 It is the most terrifying thing of all to come under the judgment[e] of the Living God!

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Footnotes

  1. 10:27 See Isa. 26:11.
  2. 10:29 Or “who tramples the Son of God under his feet.”
  3. 10:29 Or “insults the Spirit of grace.” One of the names of the Holy Spirit is “the Spirit of Grace.” The Holy Spirit is the dispenser and Lord of Grace. To be filled with the Holy Spirit means that you are filled with grace (spiritual power) to live pure, holy, and undefiled.
  4. 10:30 See Deut. 32:35–36.
  5. 10:31 Or “to fall into the hands.”