Hebrews 12
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The Lord’s Discipline

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. 4You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. 5And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons?

My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline

or give up when he corrects you.

6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.

7Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. 9Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? 10For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness. 11Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. 12Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.

Do Not Reject God’s Warning

14Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. 16And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears. 18For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind 19and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. 20For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 21In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” 22But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly 23and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

25Take care not to refuse the one who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the one who warns from heaven? 26Then his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” 27Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. 28So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. 29For our God is indeed a devouring fire.

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