Therefore leauyng the doctrine of the begynnyng of Christe, let vs go foorth vnto perfection, not laying agayne the foundatio of repentaunce from dead workes, and of fayth towarde God,
Of the doctrine of baptismes, and of laying on of handes, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternall iudgement.
And this wyll I do, yf God permit.
For it can not be that they which were once lighted, and haue tasted of the heauenly gyft, and were become partakers of the holy ghost,
And haue tasted of the good worde of God, and the powers of the worlde to come:
And they fall away, shoulde be renued agayne into repentaunce, hauyng crucified to the selues the sonne of God a fresshe, and made a mocke of hym.
For the earth which drynketh in the rayne that commeth oft vppon it, and bringeth foorth hearbes meete for them by whom also it is dressed, receaueth blessyng of God:
But that grounde whiche beareth thornes and bryers, is reproued, and is nye vnto cursyng, whose ende is to be burned.
Neuerthelesse, deare frendes, we haue perswaded our selues better thynges of you, and thynges whiche accompanie saluation, though we thus speake.
For God is not vnryghteous, to forget your worke & labour of loue, whiche ye haue shewed towarde his name, hauyng ministred to the saintes, and [do] minister.
Yea and we desire that euery one of you do shewe the same diligence, to the full assuraunce of hope, vnto the ende,
That ye faynt not, but be folowers of them which through fayth and pacience inherite the promises.
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he had no greater to sweare by, he sware by hym selfe,
Saying: Surely, blessyng I wyll blesse thee, and multipliyng, multiplie thee.
And so after that he had taryed paciently, he enioyed the promise.
For men veryly sweare by the greater, and an oth for confirmation, is to them an ende of all stryfe.
Wherein God wyllyng very aboundauntly to shewe vnto the heires of promise, the stablenesse of his counsayle, confirmed by an oth:
That by two immutable thynges, in whiche it was vnpossible for God to lye, we myght haue a strong consolation, which haue fledde to holde fast the hope layde before vs:
Which [hope] we holde as an ancker of the soule both sure and stedfast, and entryng in, into that thing which is within the vayle:
Whyther the forerunner is for vs entred [euen] Iesus, after the order of Melchisedech made a priest for euer.