Hebrews 6:8
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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.

King James Bible
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto 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.

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.

Hebrews 6:8 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

But that which beareth thorns and briers (ἐκφέρουσα δὲ ἀκάνθας καὶ τριβόλους)

Wrong. As given in A.V. the illustration throws no light on the subject. It puts the contrast as between two kinds of soil, the one well-watered and fertile, the other unwatered and sterile. This would illustrate the contrast between those who have and those who have not enjoyed gospel privileges. On the contrary the contrast is between two classes of Christians under equally favorable conditions, out of which they develop opposite results. Rend. but if it (the ground that receives the rain) bear thorns and thistles, etc. Ἄκανθαι thorns, from ἀκή a point. Τρίβολος, from τρεῖς three and βέλος a dart; having three darts or points. A ball with sharp iron spikes, on three of which it rested, while the fourth projected upward, was called tribulus or tribolus, or caltrop. These were scattered over the ground by Roman soldiers in order to impede the enemy's cavalry. A kind of thorn or thistle, a land-caltrop, was called tribulus. So Virgil,

"Subit aspera silva,

Lappaeque tribulique."

Georg. i.153.

Is rejected (ἀδόκιμος)

Lit. unapproved. See on reprobate, Romans 1:28.

Nigh unto cursing (κατάρας ἐγγύς)

See on Galatians 3:10. Enhancing the idea of rejected. It is exposed to the peril of abandonment to perpetual barrenness.

Whose end is to be burned (ἧς τὸ τέλος εἰς καῦσιν)

Ἧς whose, of which, may be referred to cursing - the end of which cursing: but better to the main subject, γῆ the land. Τέλος is consummation rather than termination. Ἐις καῦσιν, lit. unto burning. Comp. lxx, Isaiah 40:16. The consummation of the cursed land is burning. Comp. John 15:6. The field of thorns and thistles is burned over and abandoned to barrenness.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

beareth.

Hebrews 12:17 For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance...

Genesis 3:17,18 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying...

Genesis 4:11 And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand;

Genesis 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands...

Deuteronomy 29:28 And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land...

Job 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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 his vineyard. My well beloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill...

Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness...

Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed...

Mark 11:14,21 And Jesus answered and said to it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it...

Luke 13:7-9 Then said he to the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none...

whose.

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Isaiah 27:10,11 Yet the defended city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed...

Ezekiel 15:2-7 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest...

Ezekiel 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in you...

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly...

Matthew 3:10 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down...

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire...

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire...

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

Cross References
Genesis 3:17
And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Deuteronomy 29:22
And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the LORD has made it sick--

2 Samuel 23:7
but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire."

Isaiah 27:4
I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together.

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