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Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:2 - looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:3 - Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:4 - In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:5 - And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?--"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:6 - For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:7 - It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:8 - If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:9 - Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:10 - For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:11 - For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:12 - Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:13 - and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:14 - Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:15 - See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" spring up and cause trouble, and by it the many become defiled;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:16 - that no one be immoral or irreligious like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:17 - For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:18 - For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:19 - and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:20 - For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned."

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:21 - Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear."

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:22 - But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:23 - and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:24 - and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:25 - See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:26 - His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven."

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:27 - This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:28 - Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:29 - for our God is a consuming fire.

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