Hebrews 5:11-6:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 Concerning a]him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though b]by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the c]elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

The Peril of Falling Away

Therefore leaving the d]elementary teaching about the e]Christ, let us press on to f]maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. And this we will do, if God permits. For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, g]since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. For ground that drinks the rain which often h]falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close i]to being cursed, and j]it ends up being burned.


  1. Hebrews 5:11 Lit whom or which
  2. Hebrews 5:12 Lit because of the time
  3. Hebrews 5:12 Lit elements of the beginning
  4. Hebrews 6:1 Lit word of the beginning
  5. Hebrews 6:1 I.e. Messiah
  6. Hebrews 6:1 Or perfection
  7. Hebrews 6:6 Or while
  8. Hebrews 6:7 Lit comes
  9. Hebrews 6:8 Lit near to a curse
  10. Hebrews 6:8 Lit whose end is for burning

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