New American Standard Bible
4 For it is (A)impossible, in the case of those who have once been (B)enlightened and have tasted of (C)the heavenly gift and have been made (D)partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and (E)have tasted the good (F)word of God and the powers of (G)the age to come, 6 and then have [a]fallen away, to (H)restore them again to repentance, [b](I)since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often [c]falls on it and produces vegetation useful to those (J)for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and [d](K)close to being cursed, and [e]it ends up being burned.
Better Things for You
9 But, (L)beloved, we are convinced of better things regarding you, and things that [f]accompany salvation, even though we are speaking in this way. 10 For (M)God is not unjust so as to forget (N)your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, by having (O)served and by still serving the [g]saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you demonstrate the same diligence [h]so as to realize the (P)full assurance of (Q)hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but (R)imitators of those who through (S)faith and endurance (T)inherit the promises.Read full chapter