Hebrews 12

The Call to Endurance

1 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses a surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance b the race that lies before us, 2keeping our eyes on Jesus,
Or us, looking to Jesus
the source and perfecter
Or the founder and completer
of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him
Or who instead of the joy lying before Him; that is, the joy of heaven
endured a cross and despised the shame f and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.

Fatherly Discipline

3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart. g 4In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:

My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or faint when you are reproved by Him,
6 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves
and punishes every son He receives. h , i

7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline – which all
= Christians
Lit discipline, of which all have become participants
– then you are illegitimate children and not sons. l
9 Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? m 10 For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. n 11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace o and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. p

12 Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, q 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated
Or so that the lame will not be turned aside
but healed instead. s

Warning against Rejecting God’s Grace

14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness t – without it no one will see the Lord. u 15Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many. v 16And make sure that there isn’t any immoral or irreverent w person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for one meal. x 17 For you know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he didn’t find any opportunity for repentance, though he sought it with tears. y

18 For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm, 19to the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words. (Those who heard it begged that not another word be spoken to them, 20 for they could not bear what was commanded: And if even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned! z , aa 21 The appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am terrified and trembling. ab , ac) 22 Instead, you have come to Mount
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels in festive gathering, ae
23to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written
Or registered
in heaven, to God who is the Judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, ag
24to Jesus (mediator ah of a new covenant ai), and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel. aj

25Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven. ak 26 His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven. al , am 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what can be shaken an – that is, created things – so that what is not shaken might remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace.
Or let us give thanks, or let us have grace
By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, ap
29 for our God is a consuming fire. aq
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