Therefore 1lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
and 2make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint 3but rather be healed.
144Strive for peace with everyone, and for the 5holiness 6without which no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one 7fails to obtain the grace of God; that no 8"root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
that no one is 9sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.
For you know that 10afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
For you have not come to 11what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest
and 12the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words 13made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.
For they could not endure the order that was given, 14"If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned."
Indeed, 15so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear."
But you have come to 16Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, 17the heavenly Jerusalem, and to 18innumerable angels in festal gathering,