31Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or 2fainthearted.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? 3"My son, 4do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.
For 5the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."
It is for discipline that you have to endure. 6God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
If you are left without discipline, 7in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to 8the Father of spirits 9and live?
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, 10that we may share his holiness.
1111For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields 12the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore 13lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
and 14make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint 15but rather be healed.
1416Strive for peace with everyone, and for the 17holiness 18without which no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one 19fails to obtain the grace of God; that no 20"root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
that no one is 21sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.
For you know that 22afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.