Hebrews 12:9-19 ESV

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?

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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.

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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.

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12 Therefore 6lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

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      13 and 7make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint 8but rather be healed.

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      14 9Strive for peace with everyone, and for the 10holiness 11without which no one will see the Lord.

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      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;

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      16 that no one is 14sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.

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      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.

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      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

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      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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