An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and godliness.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, we also having so great a cloud of witnesses set around us, every weight having put off, and the closely besetting sin, through endurance may we run the contest that is set before us, Hebrews 12:2 looking to the author and perfecter of faithJesus, who, over-against the joy set before himdid endure a cross, shame having despised, on the right hand also of the throne of God did sit down; Hebrews 12:3 for consider again him who endured such gainsaying from the sinners to himself, that ye may not be wearied in your soulsbeing faint. Hebrews 12:4 Not yet unto blood did ye resistwith the sin striving; Hebrews 12:5 and ye have forgotten the exhortation that doth speak fully with you as with sons, 'My son, be not despising chastening of the Lord, nor be faint, being reproved by Him, Hebrews 12:6 for whom the Lord doth love He doth chasten, and He scourgeth every son whom He receiveth;' Hebrews 12:7 if chastening ye endure, as to sons God beareth Himself to you, for who is a son whom a father doth not chasten? Hebrews 12:8 and if ye are apart from chastening, of which all have become partakers, then bastards are ye, and not sons. Hebrews 12:9 Then, indeed, fathers of our flesh we have had, chastising [us], and we were reverencing [them]; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of the spirits, and live? Hebrews 12:10 for they, indeed, for a few days, according to what seemed good to them, were chastening, but He for profit, to be partakers of His separation; Hebrews 12:11 and all chastening for the present, indeed, doth not seem to be of joy, but of sorrow, yet afterward the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those exercised through itit doth yield. Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore, the hanging-down hands and the loosened knees set ye up; Hebrews 12:13 and straight paths make for your feet, that that which is lame may not be turned aside, but rather be healed; Hebrews 12:14 peace pursue with all, and the separation, apart from which no one shall see the Lord, Hebrews 12:15 looking diligently over lest any one be failing of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up may give trouble, and through this many may be defiled; Hebrews 12:16 lest any one be a fornicator, or a profane person, as Esau, who in exchange for one morsel of food did sell his birthright, Hebrews 12:17 for ye know that also afterwards, wishing to inherit the blessing, he was disapproved of, for a place of reformation he found not, though with tears having sought it. Hebrews 12:18 For ye came not near to the mount touched and scorched with fire, and to blackness, and darkness, and tempest, Hebrews 12:19 and a sound of a trumpet, and a voice of sayings, which those having heard did entreat that a word might not be added to them, Hebrews 12:20 for they were not bearing that which is commanded, 'And if a beast may touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or with an arrow shot through,' Hebrews 12:21 and, (so terrible was the sight,) Moses said, 'I am fearful exceedingly, and trembling.'
A commendation of the New Testament above the Old.
Hebrews 12:22 But, ye came to Mount Zion, and to a city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of messengers, Hebrews 12:23 to the company and assembly of the first-born in heaven enrolled, and to God the judge of all, and to spirits of righteous men made perfect, Hebrews 12:24 and to a mediator of a new covenantJesus, and to blood of sprinkling, speaking better things than that of Abel! Hebrews 12:25 See, may ye not refuse him who is speaking, for if those did not escape who refused him who upon earth was divinely speakingmuch less we who do turn away from him who [speaketh] from heaven, Hebrews 12:26 whose voice the earth shook then, and now hath he promised, saying, 'Yet onceI shake not only the earth, but also the heaven;' Hebrews 12:27 and this'Yet once'doth make evident the removal of the things shaken, as of things having been made, that the things not shaken may remain; Hebrews 12:28 wherefore, a kingdom that cannot be shaken receiving, may we have grace, through which we may serve God well-pleasingly, with reverence and religious fear; Hebrews 12:29 for also our God [is] a consuming fire.