An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and godliness.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, indeed, seeing that, we also, have encircling us, so great a cloud of witnesses, stripping off every incumbrance and the easily entangling sin, with endurance, let us be running, the race that is lying before us, Hebrews 12:2 Looking away unto our faith's Princely-leader and perfecter, Jesus,who, in consideration of the joy lying before him, endured a cross, shame, despising! And, on the right hand of the throne of God, hath taken his seat. Hebrews 12:3 For take ye into considerationhim who hath endured, such contradiction, by sinners against themselves, lest ye be wearied, in your souls becoming exhausted. Hebrews 12:4 Not yet unto blood, have ye resisted, against sin, waging a contest; Hebrews 12:5 And ye have quite forgotten the exhortation which, indeed, with you as with sons, doth reason:My son! be not slighting the discipline of the Lord, neither be fainting, when by him, thou art reproved; Hebrews 12:6 For, whom the Lord loveth, he doth, discipline, and scourgeth every son whom he doth welcome home. Hebrews 12:7 For the sake of discipline, persevere! As towards sons, God, beareth himself, towards you; for who is a son whom a father doth not discipline? Hebrews 12:8 If however ye are without discipline, whereof, all, have received a share, then, are ye, bastards, and, not sons. Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore, indeed, the fathers of our flesh, we used to have, as administrators of discipline, and we used to pay deference: shall we not, much rather, submit ourselves to the Father of our spirits and, live? Hebrews 12:10 For, they, indeed, for a few days, according to that which seemed good to them, were administering discipline; but, he, unto that which is profitable, with view to our partaking of his holiness: Hebrews 12:11 But, no discipline, for the present, indeed, seemeth to be of joy, but of sorrow: afterwards, howeverto them who thereby have been trained, it yieldeth peaceful fruit, of righteousness. Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore, the slackened hands and paralysed knees, restore ye, Hebrews 12:13 And, straight tracks, be making for your feetthat the lame member may not be dislocated, but, be healed rather. Hebrews 12:14 Peace, be pursuing, with all, and the obtaining of holiness,without which no one shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:15 Using oversightlest any one be falling behind from the favour of God,lest any root of bitterness, springing up above, be causing trouble, and, through it, the many, be defiled: Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, like Esau,who, for the sake of one meal, yielded up his own firstborn rights; Hebrews 12:17 For ye know that, afterwardswhen he even wished to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for, place of repentance, found he none, even though, with tears, he diligently sought it. Hebrews 12:18 For ye have not approachedunto, a searching and scorching fire, and gloom, and mist, and tempest, Hebrews 12:19 And a trumpets peal,and a sound of things spoken:from which they who heard excused themselves, lest there should be added to them, a word; Hebrews 12:20 For they could not bear, that which was being enjoined,and, should a beast be touching the mountain, it shall be stoned; Hebrews 12:21 And, so fearful was that which was showing itself, Moses, saidI am terrified, and do tremble!
A commendation of the New Testament above the Old.
Hebrews 12:22 But ye have approachedunto Zion's mountain, and unto the city of a Living God, a heavenly Jerusalem,and unto myriads of messengers, Hebrews 12:23 in high festival,and unto an assembly of firstborn ones, enrolled in the heavens,and unto God, judge of all,and unto the spirits of righteous ones made perfect, Hebrews 12:24 And unto the mediator of a new covenant, Jesus,and unto the blood of sprinkling, more excellently speaking, than, Abel. Hebrews 12:25 Beware, lest ye excuse yourselves from him that speaketh; for, if, they escaped not, who excused themselves from him who on earth was warning, how much less, shall, we, who from him that warneth from the heavens, do turn ourselves away: Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice shook the earth, then, but, now, hath he promised, sayingYet once for all, I, will shakenot only the earth, but, also the heaven. Hebrews 12:27 But, the saying, Yet once for all, maketh clear the removal of the things which can be shaken, as of things done with,that they may remain, which cannot be shaken. Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore, seeing that, of a kingdom not to be shaken, we are receiving possession, let us have gratitudewhereby we may be rendering divine service well-pleasingly unto God, with reverence and awe; Hebrews 12:29 For, even our God, is a consuming fire.