New International Version

Hebrews 6

1Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites,[b] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen[c] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 6:1 Or from useless rituals
  2. Hebrews 6:2 Or about baptisms
  3. Hebrews 6:6 Or age, if they fall
  4. Hebrews 6:14 Gen. 22:17

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

希伯來書 6

1所以我們要離開有關基督的初級道理,努力邁向成熟,而不是再次打基礎:教導為致死的行為悔改、信靠上帝、 各種洗禮、按手禮、死人復活、永遠的審判等道理。 上帝若許可,我們會這樣做。

有些人曾蒙上帝光照,嚐過天賜恩典的滋味,有份於聖靈, 嚐過上帝之道的甘美,領悟到永世的權能, 卻背棄了真道,讓他們重新悔改是不可能的。因為他們等於把上帝的兒子重新釘在十字架上,使祂再度公開受辱。 一塊經常受到雨水滋潤的田地若為耕種的人長出莊稼來,就蒙上帝賜福; 若長出來的盡是荊棘和蒺藜,就毫無價值,它會面臨被咒詛的危險,最後必遭焚燒。

親愛的弟兄姊妹,雖然我們這樣說,卻深信你們的光景比這強,有得救的表現。 10 因為上帝並非不公義,以致忘記你們為祂所做的工作以及你們過去和現在服侍聖徒所表現的愛心。 11 願你們各人從始至終表現出同樣的殷勤,以便對所盼望的有完全的把握。 12 這樣,你們就不致懶散,可以效法那些憑信心和忍耐承受應許的人。

上帝的應許可靠

13 當初,上帝向亞伯拉罕許下諾言的時候,因為沒有比自己更大的可以憑著起誓,就憑自己起誓說: 14 「我必賜福給你,使你子孫眾多。」 15 亞伯拉罕經過耐心的等待,得到了上帝的應許。

16 人總是指著比自己更大的起誓,並用誓言作保證,了結各樣的爭論。 17 同樣,上帝為要向承受應許的人顯明祂的旨意絕不更改,就用誓言向他們保證。 18 上帝絕不說謊,祂將永不改變的應許和誓言給了我們,使我們這些尋找避難所、持定擺在前面之盼望的人可以大得鼓勵。 19 我們有這盼望作我們靈魂的錨,既安穩又可靠,一直通往聖幕裡面的至聖所。 20 耶穌照麥基洗德的模式成了永遠的大祭司,祂替我們先進入了聖幕內。