Hebrews 12

Jesus, the Example

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also a lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us b run with c endurance the race that is set before us,
Lit looking to
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the
Or leader
,
f author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him g endured the cross h despising the shame, and has i sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For j consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary
Lit fainting in your souls
,
l and lose heart.

A Father’s Discipline

m You have not yet resisted
Lit as far as blood
,
o to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, p My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor q  faint when you are reproved by Him;
r  For those s  whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”

It is for discipline that you endure; t God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline u of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had
Lit fathers of our flesh
earthly fathers to discipline us, and we w respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to x the Father of
Or our spirits
spirits, and z live?
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good aa so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline ab for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the ac peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12 Therefore
Lit make straight
,
ae strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
13 and af make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather ag be healed.

14  ah Pursue peace with all men, and the ai sanctification without which no one will aj see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one ak comes short of the grace of God; that no al root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be am defiled; 16 that there be no an immoral or ao godless person like Esau, ap who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards aq when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

Contrast of Sinai and Zion

18  ar For you have not come to as  a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the at blast of a trumpet and the au sound of words which sound was such that those who heard av begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command aw If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said ax “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22 But ay you have come to Mount Zion and to az the city of ba the living God, bb the heavenly Jerusalem, and to bc myriads of
Or angels in festive gathering, and to the church
angels,
23 to the general assembly and be church of the firstborn who bf are enrolled in heaven, and to God bg the Judge of all, and to the bh spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the bi mediator of a new covenant, and to the bj sprinkled blood, which speaks better than bk  the blood of Abel.

The Unshaken Kingdom

25  bl See to it that you do not refuse Him who is bm speaking. For bn if those did not escape when they bo refused him who bp warned them on earth
Lit much rather we will not escape...
much less will we escape who turn away from Him who br  warns from heaven.
26 And bs His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, bt Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes bu the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a bv kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us
Lit have
show gratitude, by which we may bx offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
29 for by our God is a consuming fire.
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