Hebrews 12

Having therefore so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every incumbrance, and the sin that easily besets us, and run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the leader and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Wherefore consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, that ye may not give out, fainting in your minds: for ye have not resisted unto blood in striving against sin. Have ye forgotten the exhortation, which speaketh to you as to sons, saying, "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor saint when rebuked by Him? for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." If ye endure chastening, God treateth you as sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not chastise? But if ye be without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons. Now if we had fathers of our flesh, who corrected us, and we gave them reverence; shall we not much more be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they indeed corrected us for a while, as seemed good to them; but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems for the present to be matter of joy but of grief: and yet afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those that are exercised thereby. 12 Lift up therefore the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees. 13 And make strait paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be turned out of the way, but rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men; and holiness, without which none shall see the Lord: 15 looking to it, least there be any one falling short of the grace of God, least any root of bitterness springing up should be troublesome, and by it many be defiled: 16 least there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one repast gave away his birthright. 17 For ye know that, when he would afterwards have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no room for repentance, though he sought it earnestly even with tears. 18 Ye are not come to a tangible mountain, and burning fire, and a thick cloud, and darkness, and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which they that heard, intreated that the word might not any more be thus delivered to them: 20 (for they could not bear the strict command, if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or shot through with a dart; 21 and so terrible was the appearance that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and tremble:) 22 but ye are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect, 24 and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than Abel. 25 See that ye reject not Him that speaketh; for if they escaped not, who rejected him that gave forth divine oracles on earth, much less shall we, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven: 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He hath promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also the heaven." 27 Now this expression "yet once more" signifieth the removing of the things that are shaken, as of things which had been appointed only for a season, that those which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore since we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and holy fear: 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
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