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Hebrews 12 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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God’s Discipline Proves His Love
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:2 - We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[fn] Because of the joy[fn] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
(Pro 3:11, 12 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:3 - Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;[fn] then you won’t become weary and give up.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:4 - After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:5 - And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children?[fn] He said,
“My child,[fn] don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:6 - For the LORD disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:7 - As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:8 - If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:9 - Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:10 - For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:11 - No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
(Gen 25:29–34; 27:30–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:12 - So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:13 - Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
A Call to Listen to God
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:14 - Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:15 - Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:16 - Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:17 - You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:18 - You have not come to a physical mountain,[fn] to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:19 - For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:20 - They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:21 - Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:22 - No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:23 - You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:24 - You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:25 - Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:26 - When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:27 - This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:28 - Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:29 - For our God is a devouring fire.
NLT Footnotes
Or Jesus, the originator and perfecter of our faith.
Or Instead of the joy.
Some manuscripts read Think of how people hurt themselves by opposing him.
Greek sons; also in 12:7, 8.
Greek son; also in 12:6, 7.
Prov 3:11-12 (Greek version).
Prov 3:11-12 (Greek version).
Or and really live?
Greek to something that can be touched.
Exod 19:13.
Deut 9:19.
Hag 2:6.

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