Hebrews 12:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace1 for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.2 13 "Make level paths for your feet,"a3 so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.4

Warning Against Refusing God

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men5 and to be holy;6 without holiness no one will see the Lord.7 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God8 and that no bitter root9 grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral,10 or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.11 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.12 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;13 19 to a trumpet blast14 or to such a voice speaking words15 that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,16 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."b17 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."c18
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