An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and godliness.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore, seeing wee also are compassed about with so great a cloude of witnesses, let vs lay aside euery weight, & the sinne which doth so easily beset vs, and let vs runne with patience vnto the race that is set before vs, Hebrews 12:2 Looking vnto Iesus the Authour and finisher of [our] faith, who for the ioy that was set before him, endured the crosse, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that indured such contradiction of sinners against himselfe, lest ye be wearied and faint in your mindes. Hebrews 12:4 Yee haue not yet resisted vnto blood, striuing against sinne. Hebrews 12:5 And ye haue forgotten the exhortation which speaketh vnto you as vnto children, My sonne, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. Hebrews 12:6 For whome the Lord loueth hee chasteneth, and scourgeth euery sonne whom he receiueth. Hebrews 12:7 If yee endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sonnes: for what sonne is he whom the father chasteneth not? Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sonnes. Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore, wee haue had fathers of our flesh, which corrected vs, and we gaue them reuerence: shall we not much rather bee in subiection vnto the Father of Spirits, and liue? Hebrews 12:10 For they verily for a fewe dayes chastened vs after their owne pleasure, but hee for our profit, that we might bee partakers of his holinesse. Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be ioyous, but grieuous: neuerthelesse, afterward it yeeldeth the peaceable fruite of righteousnesse, vnto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift vp the handes which hang downe, and the feeble knees. Hebrews 12:13 And make straight paths for your feete, lest that which is lame bee turned out of the way, but let it rather bee healed. Hebrews 12:14 Followe peace with all men, and holinesse, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently, lest any man faile of the grace of God, lest any roote of bitternesse springing vp, trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled: Hebrews 12:16 Lest there bee any fornicatour, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsell of meat sold his birthright. Hebrews 12:17 For yee know how that afterward when hee would haue inherited the blessing, hee was reiected: for hee found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with teares. Hebrews 12:18 For yee are not come vnto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor vnto blacknesse, and darknes, and tempest, Hebrews 12:19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voyce of wordes, which [voyce] they that heard, entreated that the word should not bee spoken to them any more. Hebrews 12:20 For they could not indure that which was commaunded: And if so much as a beast touch the Mountaine, it shall be stoned, or thrust thorow with a dart. Hebrews 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses sayde, I exceedingly feare, and quake.
A commendation of the New Testament above the Old.
Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come vnto mount Sion, and vnto the citie of the liuing God the heauenly Ierusalem, and to an innumerable company of Angels: Hebrews 12:23 To the generall assembly, and Church of the first borne which are written in heauen, and to God the Iudge of all, and to the spirits of iust men made perfect: Hebrews 12:24 And to Iesus the mediatour of the new Couenant, and to the blood of sprinckling, that speaketh better things then that of Abel. Hebrews 12:25 See that yee refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we [escape] if wee turne away from him that [speaketh] from heauen. Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shooke the earth, but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth onely, but also heauen. Hebrews 12:27 And this [word] Yet once more, signifieth the remouing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remaine. Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore wee receiuing a kingdome which cannot bee moued, let vs haue grace, whereby wee may serue God acceptably, with reuerence and godly feare. Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.