An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and godliness.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherfore let vs also (seyng that we are compassed wyth so great a multytude of witnesses) laye awaye all that presseth doune, and the synne that hangeth on and let vs runne, wyth pacience vnto the batayle that is set before vs Hebrews 12:2 lokynge vnto Iesus the author and fynysher of our fayth, whiche for the ioye that was set before hym, abode þe crosse, and despised the same, and is set doune on the ryght hande of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:3 Consydre therfore how that he endureth such speakyng agaynst him of synners least ye should be weryed and faynte in youre myndes. Hebrews 12:4 For ye haue not yet resysted vnto bloude sheding stryuynge agaynst synne. Hebrews 12:5 And ye haue forgotten consolacyon, which speaketh vnto you as vnto chyldren: my sonne despyse not the chastenynge of the Lorde, neyther faynte when thou arte rebuked of hym: Hebrews 12:6 For whom þe Lord loueth, hym he chasteneth: yea, and he scourgeth euerye sonne that he receyueth. Hebrews 12:7 Yf ye endure chastenynge, God offereth hym selfe vnto you as vnto sonnes. What sonne is that whom the father chasteneth not? Hebrews 12:8 Yf ye be not vnder correccyon (whereof all are partakers) then are ye bastardes and not sonnes. Hebrews 12:9 Moreouer seynge we had fathers of oure fleshe whiche corrected vs, and we gaue them reuerence: shoulde we not muche rather be in subieccyon vnto the father of spyrytuall gyftes, that we myght lyue? Hebrews 12:10 And they verely for a few dayes, nurtered vs after their owne pleasure, but he learneth vs vnto that whiche is profytable that we myght receyue of hys holynes. Hebrews 12:11 No maner chastisynge for the presente tyme semeth to be ioyeous, but greuous: neuerthelesse afterwarde, it bryngeth þe quyet frute of ryghtuousnes vnto them whiche are therein exercysed. Hebrews 12:12 Stretche forth therfore agayne the handes whiche were let doune and the weake lines Hebrews 12:13 & se that ye haue strayght steppes vnto your fete, least any halting, turne you oute of þe way: yea let it rather be healed. Hebrews 12:14 Embrace peace wt all men and holynes, wythout the whiche no man shall se the Lorde. Hebrews 12:15 And loked to, that no man be destitute of the grace of God, and þt no rote of bytternes sprynge vp and trouble, and therebye manye be defyled, Hebrews 12:16 & that there be no fornicator or vncleane person, as Esau whiche for one breakfast solde his byrthright. Hebrews 12:17 Ye know how that afterwarde when he wolde haue inheryted the blessyng, he was put by & he found no meanes for to come therby again no thoughe he desyred it with teares. Hebrews 12:18 For ye are not come vnto the mounte that can be touched, and vnto burnynge fyre, nor yet to mist and darkenes, and tempest of wether, Hebrews 12:19 neyther vnto the sounde of a trompe and the voyce of wordes: whiche voyce they that hearde it wyshed awaye, that the communicacyon shoulde not be spoken to them. Hebrews 12:20 For they were not able to abyde that whiche was spoken. Yf a beaste had touched the mountayne, it must haue bene stoned, or thrust thorowe wt a darte: Hebrews 12:21 euen so terryble was the syght which appeared, Moyses sayde: I feare and quake.
A commendation of the New Testament above the Old.
Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come vnto the mounte Syon, and to the cytye of the lyuyng God, the celestiall Ierusalem: and to an innumerable syghte of Angels, Hebrews 12:23 and vnto the congregacyon of þe first borne sonnes, which are wrytten in heauen, and to God the iudge of all, and to the spyrytes of iuste and perfecte men, Hebrews 12:24 and to Iesus the medyatoure of the newe testament, and to the spryncklynge of bloude that speaketh better then the bloude of Abell. Hebrews 12:25 Se that ye despyse not hym, that speaketh. For yf they escaped not whiche refused hym, that spake on earth: muche more shall we not escape, yf we turne awaye from hym that speaketh from heauen: Hebrews 12:26 whose voyce then shouke the earth, and now declareth saiyng: yet ones more wyll I shake not the earth only, but also heauen. Hebrews 12:27 No doubte that same that he sayeth yet ones more, signifyeth the remouyng away of those thynges, whiche are shaken as of thynges whiche haue ended theyr course: that the thynges whiche are not shaken maye remayne. Hebrews 12:28 Wherfore yf we receyue a kingdom which is not moued, we haue grace, wherby we may serue God, and please hym wyth reuerence & Godly feare. Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consumynge fyre.