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Hebrews 6:13-19


6:13 Now when God made his promise to Abraham, since he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself, 6:14 saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” 1  6:15 And so by persevering, Abraham 2  inherited the promise. 6:16 For people 3  swear by something greater than themselves, 4  and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. 5  6:17 In the same way 6  God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that his purpose was unchangeable, 7  and so he intervened with an oath, 6:18 so that we who have found refuge in him 8  may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, 9 

1 tn Grk “in blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply you,” the Greek form of a Hebrew idiom showing intensity.

sn A quotation from Gen 22:17.

2 tn Grk “he”; in the translation the referent (Abraham) has been specified for clarity.

3 tn The plural Greek term ἄνθρωποι (anqrwpoi) is used here in a generic sense, referring to both men and women, and is thus translated “people.”

4 tn Grk “by something greater”; the rest of the comparison (“than themselves”) is implied.

5 tn Grk “the oath for confirmation is an end of all dispute.”

6 tn Grk “in which.”

7 tn Or “immutable” (here and in v. 18); Grk “the unchangeableness of his purpose.”

8 tn Grk “have taken refuge”; the basis of that refuge is implied in the preceding verse.

9 sn The curtain refers to the veil or drape in the temple that separated the holy place from the holy of holies.

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