You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin;
and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with sons, "My son, don't take lightly the chastening of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by him;
For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, And scourges every son whom he receives."
It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom his father doesn't discipline?
But if you are without discipline, whereof all have been made partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not sons.
Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.
All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.
Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,
and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.