Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 6

CHAPTER VI.

He warns them of the danger of falling by apostacy; and exhorts them to patience and perseverance.

1 Wherefore, leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us go on to things more perfect, not laying again the foundation of penance from dead works, and of faith towards God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and imposition of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

3 And this we will do, if God will permit.

4 *For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5 Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 And are fallen away, to be renewed again unto penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making a mockery of him.

7 For the earth that drinketh in the rain which cometh often upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is tilled, receiveth blessing from God.

8 But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers, is rejected; and very near to a curse, whose end is to be burnt.

9 But my dearly beloved, we trust better things of you, and nearer to salvation: though we thus speak.

10 For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work, and the love which you have shewn in his name, you who have ministered, and do minister to the saints.

11 And we desire that every one of you shew forth the same carefulness to the accomplishing of hope unto the end:

12 That you become not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience shall inherit the promises.

13 For God promising to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom he might swear, swore by himself,

14 Saying: *Unless blessing, I will bless thee, and multiplying, I will multiply thee.

15 And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men swear by one greater than themselves; and an oath, for confirmation, is the end of all their controversy.

17 Wherein God, meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed an oath:

18 That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have the strongest comfort, who have fled for refuge, to hold fast the hope set before us:

19 Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and which entereth even within the veil,

20 Where the forerunner, Jesus, is entered for us, made a high priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.

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4: Matthew xii. 45.; Hebrews x. 26.; 2 Peter ii. 20.

14: Genesis xxii. 16.