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Hebrews 12:9-19 (English Standard Version)

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9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to 1the Father of spirits 2and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, 3that we may share his holiness. 11 4For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields 5the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore 6lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and 7make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint 8but rather be healed. 14 9Strive for peace with everyone, and for the 10holiness 11without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one 12fails to obtain the grace of God; that no 13"root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is 14sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that 15afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken

18 For you have not come to 16what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and 17the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words 18made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.
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