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Therefore let us also, having so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, laying aside every weight and the readily besetting sin, run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking off unto Jesus the leader and completer of faith; who for the joy set before him endured cross, despising shame, and is set down on the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider well him that endured so great contradiction by sinners against himself, that ye weary not, fainting in your souls.
Not yet unto blood resisted ye, wrestling against sin.
And ye have quite forgotten the exhortation the which discourseth with you as sons, My son, regard not lightly Jehovah’s chastening, nor faint when reproved of him:
for whom Jehovah loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
For chastisement ye are enduring: God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son [is he] whom a father chasteneth not?
But if ye are apart from chastisement of which all have been made partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons.
Then indeed we had fathers of our flesh as chasteners, and we reverenced them: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of the spirits and live?
For they indeed chastened for a few days, as seemed good to them; but he for profit in order to the partaking of his holiness.
Now no chastisement for the time seemeth to be of joy but of grief; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit of righteousness to those that have been exercised thereby.
Wherefore lift up the exhausted hands and the enfeebled knees,
and make straight paths for your feet that what is lame be not turned out of the way but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with all, and holiness apart from which no one shall see the Lord,
looking carefully lest [there be] any one falling short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up give trouble and through it [the] many be defiled;
lest [there be] any fornicator or profane one as Esau who for one meal sold his own birthright;
for ye know that even when afterward desiring to inherit the blessing he was rejected (for he found no place of repentance), though he sought it earnestly with tears.
For ye have not approached to a palpable thing and all aglow with fire, and to obscurity and gloom and tempest,
and to trumpet’s sound, and a voice of words, which those that heard deprecated that a word more should be addressed to them;
for they could not bear what was enjoined, And if a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;
and, so fearful was the appearance, Moses said, I am affrighted and trembling all over.
But ye have approached to mount Zion; and to a living God’s city, heavenly Jerusalem; and to myriads of angels, a universal assemblage;
and to an assembly of firstborns, enrolled in heavens; and to God judge of all; and to spirits of just ones made perfect;
and to Jesus mediator of a new covenant, and to blood of sprinkling speaking better than Abel.
Look that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if those did not escape, refusing as they did him speaking oracularly on earth, much more we that turn away from him from [the] heavens;
whose voice then shook the earth, but now hath he promised, saying, Yet once will I shake not only the earth but also the heaven.
But this Yet once signifieth the removing of what are shaken as being made that what are not shaken may remain.
Wherefore let us, receiving a kingdom not to be shaken, have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and fear.
For also our God is a consuming fire.