13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, q He swore by Himself, 14 saying, r "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." 1 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the s promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and t an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to u the heirs of promise v the 2 immutability of His counsel, 3 confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two 4 immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to w lie, we 5 might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope x set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, y and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 z where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, a having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.