Hebrews 6:8
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New International Version
But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

New Living Translation
But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.

English Standard Version
But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

Berean Study Bible
But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless, and its curse is imminent. In the end it will be burned.

Berean Literal Bible
But that bringing forth thorns and thistles is worthless and near to a curse, of which the end is unto burning.

New American Standard Bible
but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

King James Bible
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and will be burned at the end.

International Standard Version
However, if it continues to produce thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed, and in the end will be burned.

NET Bible
But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned.

New Heart English Bible
but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if it should produce thorns and thistles, it would be rejected and not far from curses, but its end is burning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, if the earth produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

New American Standard 1977
but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but that which bears thorns and briers is rejected and is near unto cursing, whose end shall be by fire.

King James 2000 Bible
But that which bears thorns and briars is worthless, and is near unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

American King James Version
But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to cursing; whose end is to be burned.

American Standard Version
but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigh unto a curse; whose end is to be burned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers, is reprobate, and very near unto a curse, whose end is to be burnt.

Darby Bible Translation
but bringing forth thorns and briars, it is found worthless and nigh to a curse, whose end [is] to be burned.

English Revised Version
but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigh unto a curse; whose end is to be burned.

Webster's Bible Translation
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh to cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Weymouth New Testament
But if it only yields a mass of thorns and briers, it is considered worthless, and is in danger of being cursed, and in the end will be destroyed by fire.

World English Bible
but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

Young's Literal Translation
and that which is bearing thorns and briers is disapproved of, and nigh to cursing, whose end is for burning;
Study Bible
A Call to Maturity
7Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is tended receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless, and its curse is imminent. In the end it will be burned. 9Even though we speak like this, beloved, we are convinced of better things in your case—of things that accompany salvation.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:17
Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.

Deuteronomy 29:22
"Now the generation to come, your sons who rise up after you and the foreigner who comes from a distant land, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it, will say,

2 Samuel 23:7
But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And they will be completely burned with fire in their place."

Isaiah 27:4
"I have no wrath. Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them completely.
Treasury of Scripture

But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to cursing; whose end is to be burned.

beareth.

Hebrews 12:17 For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the …

Genesis 3:17,18 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your …

Genesis 4:11 And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth …

Genesis 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning …

Deuteronomy 29:28 And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, …

Job 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. …

Psalm 107:34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Isaiah 5:1-7 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when …

Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your …

Mark 11:14,21 And Jesus answered and said to it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter …

Luke 13:7-9 Then said he to the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three …

whose.

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, …

Isaiah 27:10,11 Yet the defended city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, …

Ezekiel 15:2-7 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch …

Ezekiel 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus …

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

Matthew 3:10 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every …

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast …

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; …

Revelation 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into …

(8) But that which beareth.--Rather, But if it bear thorns and briars it is rejected. We are told that the presence of briars (i.e., caltrops) is a sure evidence of a poor soil, on which labour will be wasted. The words are partially a quotation from Genesis 3:18. The change of translation here is important; if that very land, which has drunk in the abundant rain and has received careful culture still prove unfruitful, it is rejected. Man can do no more; and the curse of God is "near"; its end is "for burning." The explanation of the last words is probably found in Deuteronomy 29:23, which speaks of the land of Sodom which God overthrew, which "is brimstone and salt and burning." The connection between these two verses and the preceding passages is obvious. In the case of the apostates there described, man is helpless; God's curse is near. But, as Chrysostom says, in this very word there is mercy; "the end" is not yet come.

But that which beareth thorns and briers,.... To which wicked men answer; who are unfruitful and unprofitable, and are hurtful, pricking and grieving, by their wicked lives and conversations, by their bitter and reproachful words, and by their violent and cruel persecutions; and particularly carnal professors, and especially apostates, such as before described; for to such earth, professors of religion may be compared, who are worldly, slothful, defrauding and overreaching, carnal and wanton; as also heretical men, and such as turn from the faith, deny it, and persecute the saints: and the things or actions produced by them are aptly expressed by "thorns and briers"; such as errors, heresies, and evil works of all kinds; and which show that the seed of the word was never sown in their hearts, and that that which they bear, or throw out, is natural to them: and such earth is

rejected; as such men are, both by the church, and by God himself; or "reprobate", as they are concerning the faith, and to every good work; and are given up by God to a reprobate mind: and is "nigh unto cursing"; and such men are cursed already by the law, being under its sentence of curse and condemnation; and are nigh to the execution of it; referring either to the destruction of Jerusalem, which was near at hand; or to the final judgment, when they shall hear, Go, ye cursed:

whose end is to be burned; with everlasting and unquenchable fire, in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. 8. that which—rather as Greek (no article), "But if it (the 'land,' Heb 6:7) bear"; not so favorable a word as "bringeth forth," Heb 6:7, said of the good soil.

briers—Greek, "thistles."

rejected—after having been tested; so the Greek implies. Reprobate … rejected by the Lord.

nigh unto cursing—on the verge of being given up to its own barrenness by the just curse of God. This "nigh" softens the severity of the previous "It is impossible," etc. (Heb 6:4, 6). The ground is not yet actually cursed.

whose—"of which (land) the end is unto burning," namely, with the consuming fire of the last judgment; as the land of Sodom was given to "brimstone, salt, and burning" (De 29:23); so as to the ungodly (Mt 3:10, 12; 7:19; 13:30; Joh 15:6; 2Pe 3:10). Jerusalem, which had so resisted the grace of Christ, was then nigh unto cursing, and in a few years was burned. Compare Mt 22:7, "burned up their city" an earnest of a like fate to all wilful abusers of God's grace (Heb 10:26, 27).6:1-8 Every part of the truth and will of God should be set before all who profess the gospel, and be urged on their hearts and consciences. We should not be always speaking about outward things; these have their places and use, but often take up too much attention and time, which might be better employed. The humbled sinner who pleads guilty, and cries for mercy, can have no ground from this passage to be discouraged, whatever his conscience may accuse him of. Nor does it prove that any one who is made a new creature in Christ, ever becomes a final apostate from him. The apostle is not speaking of the falling away of mere professors, never convinced or influenced by the gospel. Such have nothing to fall away from, but an empty name, or hypocritical profession. Neither is he speaking of partial declinings or backslidings. Nor are such sins meant, as Christians fall into through the strength of temptations, or the power of some worldly or fleshly lust. But the falling away here mentioned, is an open and avowed renouncing of Christ, from enmity of heart against him, his cause, and people, by men approving in their minds the deeds of his murderers, and all this after they have received the knowledge of the truth, and tasted some of its comforts. Of these it is said, that it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance. Not because the blood of Christ is not sufficient to obtain pardon for this sin; but this sin, in its very nature, is opposite to repentance and every thing that leads to it. If those who through mistaken views of this passage, as well as of their own case, fear that there is no mercy for them, would attend to the account given of the nature of this sin, that it is a total and a willing renouncing of Christ, and his cause, and joining with his enemies, it would relieve them from wrong fears. We should ourselves beware, and caution others, of every approach near to a gulf so awful as apostacy; yet in doing this we should keep close to the word of God, and be careful not to wound and terrify the weak, or discourage the fallen and penitent. Believers not only taste of the word of God, but they drink it in. And this fruitful field or garden receives the blessing. But the merely nominal Christian, continuing unfruitful under the means of grace, or producing nothing but deceit and selfishness, was near the awful state above described; and everlasting misery was the end reserved for him. Let us watch with humble caution and prayer as to ourselves.
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