Hebrews 12

Jesus, the Example

1Therefore, 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, 2
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.

3For 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

4 m  You have not yet resisted
Lit as far as blood
,
o  to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
5and 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;
6 r  For those s  whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”

7It 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? 8But if you are without discipline u  of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, 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?
10For 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. 11All 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.

12Therefore
Lit make straight
,
ae  strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
13and 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. 15See 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; 16that there be no an  immoral or ao  godless person like Esau, ap  who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17For 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, 19and 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. 20For they could not bear the command aw  If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said ax  “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22But 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,
23to 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, 24and 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.
26And 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.” 27This 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. 28Therefore, 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;
29for by  our God is a consuming fire.
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