Hebrews 6:18
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English Standard Version
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

King James Bible
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

American Standard Version
that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us:

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

English Revised Version
that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us;

Webster's Bible Translation
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Weymouth New Testament
He added an oath, in order that, through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for Him to prove false, we may possess mighty encouragement--we who, for safety, have hastened to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Hebrews 6:18 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Two immutable things (δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων)

His word and his oath.

Strong consolation (ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν)

Ἰσχιρὸς strong implies indwelling strength embodied or put forth either aggressively or as an obstacle to resistance; as an army or a fortress. For consolation rend. encouragement, and see on Luke 6:24; see on 1 Corinthians 14:3.

Who have fled for refuge (οἱ καταφυγόντες)

Only here and Acts 14:6. The compound verb is well rendered by A.V., since, as distinguished from the simple φεύγειν to flee, it expresses flight to a definite place or person for safety. Hence often used in connection with an altar or a sanctuary. The distinction between the simple and the compound verb is illustrated in Hdt. iv. 23, where, speaking of the barbarous tribe of the Iyrcae, he says, "Whoever flees (φεύγων) and betakes himself for refuge (καταφύγῃ) to them, receives wrong from no one." So Xen., Hellen. 1, 6, 16: "Conon fled (ἔφευγε) in swift vessels, and betakes himself for refuge (καταφεύγει) to Mitylene."

To lay hold upon the hope set before us (κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης)

For κρατῆσαι to lay fast hold, see on Mark 7:3; see on Acts 3:11; see on Colossians 2:19. Προκειμένης lying before or set before; destined or appointed. Mostly in Hebrews. Comp. 2 Corinthians 8:12; Jde 1:7.

Hebrews 6:18 Parallel Commentaries

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two.

Hebrews 3:11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said to him, The Lord swore and will not repent...

Psalm 110:4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

impossible.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it?...

1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings...

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1 John 5:10 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar...

we might.

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die...

Isaiah 66:10-13 Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you that mourn for her...

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout...

Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

2 Corinthians 1:5-7 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ...

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us...

who.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house...

Genesis 19:22 Haste you, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till you be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Numbers 35:11-15 Then you shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which kills any person at unawares...

Joshua 20:3 That the slayer that kills any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood...

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Isaiah 32:1,2 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment...

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double to you;

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to them, O generation of vipers...

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation...

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

lay.

1 Kings 2:28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom...

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her.

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

Isaiah 56:4 For thus said the LORD to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calls on your name, that stirs up himself to take hold of you: for you have hid your face from us...

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called...

the hope.

Colossians 1:5,23,27 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel...

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

set.

Hebrews 12:1,2 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight...

Romans 3:25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...

Cross References
Numbers 23:19
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Zechariah 9:12
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Romans 5:5
and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Titus 1:2
in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

Hebrews 3:6
but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Hebrews 6:17
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,

Hebrews 7:19
(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

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