Hebrews 6:18
Parallel Verses
New International Version
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.

New Living Translation
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

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.

Berean Study Bible
Thus by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be strongly encouraged.

Berean Literal Bible
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, having fled for refuge, to take hold of the hope being set before us,

New American Standard Bible
so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of 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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.

International Standard Version
so that by these two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to prove false, we who have taken refuge in him might be encouraged to seize the hope set before us.

NET Bible
so that we who have found refuge in him 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.

New Heart English Bible
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 take hold of the hope set before us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That by two unchangeable matters, because God cannot lie about them, we who have sought refuge in him have great comfort, and we may seize the hope which was promised to us,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given.

New American Standard 1977
in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that by two immutable things, in which it is 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,

King James 2000 Bible
That by two immutable things, in that it was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

American King James Version
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 on 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.

Darby Bible Translation
that by two unchangeable things, in which [it was] impossible that God should lie, we might have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on 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.

World English Bible
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 take hold of the hope set before us.

Young's Literal Translation
that through two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, a strong comfort we may have who did flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:11-20 The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. Hope has its degrees, as faith also. The promise of blessedness God has made to believers, is from God's eternal purpose, settled between the eternal Father, Son, and Spirit. These promises of God may safely be depended upon; for here we have two things which cannot change, the counsel and the oath of God, in which it is not possible for God to lie; it would be contrary to his nature as well as to his will. And as He cannot lie; the destruction of the unbeliever, and the salvation of the believer, are alike certain. Here observe, those to whom God has given full security of happiness, have a title to the promises by inheritance. The consolations of God are strong enough to support his people under their heaviest trials. Here is a refuge for all sinners who flee to the mercy of God, through the redemption of Christ, according to the covenant of grace, laying aside all other confidences. We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor in the storms of this world. It is sure and stedfast, or it could not keep us so. The free grace of God, the merits and mediation of Christ, and the powerful influences of his Spirit, are the grounds of this hope, and so it is a stedfast hope. Christ is the object and ground of the believer's hope. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for his appearance, when we shall certainly appear with him in glory.
Study Bible
God's Unchangeable Promise
17So when God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath. 18Thus by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be strongly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,…
Cross References
Numbers 23:19
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Zechariah 9:12
Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.

Romans 5:5
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

Titus 1:2
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.

Hebrews 6:17
So when God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Treasury of Scripture

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 on the hope set before us:

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 …

Psalm 110:4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest for ever …

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 …

1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is …

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

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 …

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word …

1 John 5:10 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he …

we might.

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should …

Isaiah 66:10-13 Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love …

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …

Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded …

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

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

who.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

Genesis 19:22 Haste you, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till you be come …

Numbers 35:11-15 Then you shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; …

Joshua 20:3 That the slayer that kills any person unawares and unwittingly may …

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 …

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

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do …

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, …

lay.

1 Kings 2:28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though …

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is …

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 …

Isaiah 56:4 For thus said the LORD to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and …

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calls on your name, that stirs up himself …

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

the hope.

Colossians 1:5,23,27 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, …

set.

Hebrews 12:1,2 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

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

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