For they could not endure the order that was given, 1"If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned."
Indeed, 2so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear."
But you have come to 3Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, 4the heavenly Jerusalem, and to 5innumerable angels in festal gathering,
and to 6the assemblya of the firstborn who are 7enrolled in heaven, and to 8God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
and to Jesus, 9the mediator of a new covenant, and to 10the sprinkled blood 11that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For 12if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
At that time 13his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, 14"Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."
This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates 15the removal of things that are shaken--that is, things that have been made--in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving 16a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus 17let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
for our 18God is a consuming fire.