Hebrews 12:5
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New International Version
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

King James Bible
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Darby Bible Translation
And ye have quite forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: My son, despise not [the] chastening of [the] Lord, nor faint [when] reproved by him;

World English Bible
and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My son, don't take lightly the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him;

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have forgotten the exhortation that doth speak fully with you as with sons, 'My son, be not despising chastening of the Lord, nor be faint, being reproved by Him,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And ye have forgotten - Or, have ye forgotten the exhortation? This quotation is made from Proverbs 3:11, Proverbs 3:12, and shows that the address there, which at first sight appears to be from Solomon to his son, or from some fatherly man to a person in affliction, is properly from God himself to any person in persecution, affliction, or distress.

Despise not thou the chastening - Μη ολιγωρει παιδειας Κυριου· Do not neglect the correction of the Lord. That man neglects correction, and profits not by it, who does not see the hand of God in it; or, in other words, does not fear the rod and him who hath appointed it, and, consequently, does not humble himself under the mighty hand of God, deplore his sin, deprecate Divine judgment, and pray for mercy.

Nor faint - Do not be discouraged nor despair, for the reasons immediately alleged.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ye have forgotten.

Deuteronomy 4:9,10 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen...

Psalm 119:16,83,109 I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word...

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Matthew 16:9,10 Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up...

Luke 24:6,8 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he was yet in Galilee...

the exhortation.

Hebrews 12:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?

Proverbs 3:11,12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction...

despise.

Job 5:17,18 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not you the chastening of the Almighty...

Job 34:31 Surely it is meet to be said to God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:

Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;

Psalm 118:18 The LORD has chastened me sore: but he has not given me over to death.

Psalm 119:75 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me.

Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke...

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life...

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

nor faint.

Hebrews 12:3,4 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds...

Joshua 7:7-11 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, why have you at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites...

2 Samuel 6:7-10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God...

1 Chronicles 13:9-13 And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled...

1 Chronicles 15:12,13 And said to them, You are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both you and your brothers...

Psalm 6:1,2 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure...

2 Corinthians 4:8,9 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair...

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...

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Shaking of Heaven and Earth. December 22.
"Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but heaven" (Hebrews xii. 26- 29). This is one of the royal texts of Scripture. It declares one of those great laws of the kingdom of God which may fulfil itself once and again at many eras and by many methods; which fulfilled itself most gloriously in the first century after Christ; again in the fifth century; again at the time of the Crusades; and again at the great Reformation in the sixteenth century,--and is fulfilling itself again at this very day.
Charles Kingsley—Daily Thoughts,

March 26. "Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith" (Heb. xii. 2).
"Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" (Heb. xii. 2). Add to your faith--do not add to yourself. This is where we make the mistake. We must not only enter by faith, but we must advance by faith each step of the way. At every new stage we shall find ourselves as incompetent and unequal for the pressure as before, and we must take the grace and the victory simply by faith. Is it courage? We shall find ourselves lacking in the needed courage; we must claim it by faith. Is it love? Our own love
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Voice of the Blood of Christ
Now, we have in our text "blood" mentioned--two-fold blood. We have the blood of murdered Abel, and the blood of murdered Jesus. We have also two things in the text:--a comparison between the blood of sprinkling, and the blood of Abel; and then a certain condition mentioned. Rather, if we read the whole verse in order to get its meaning, we find that the righteous are spoken of as coming to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than the blood of Abel; so that the condition which will
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

The Shameful Sufferer
"O love, thou fathomless abyss!" for this love of Christ is indeed measureless and fathomless. None of us can attain unto it. In speaking thereof we feel our own weakness, we cast ourselves upon the strength of the Spirit, but, even then, we feel that we can never attain unto the majesty of this subject. Before we can ever get a right idea of the love of Jesus, we must understand his previous glory in its height of majesty, and his incarnation upon the earth in all its depths of shame. Now, who can
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

Cross References
Job 5:17
"Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Psalm 94:12
Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;

Psalm 119:67
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

Proverbs 3:11
My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,

Lamentations 3:39
Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

1 Timothy 1:20
Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

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