Hebrews 12:14-29 (New International Version)

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Warning Against Refusing God

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men1 and to be holy;2 without holiness no one will see the Lord.3 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God4 and that no bitter root5 grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral,6 or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.7 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.8 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;9 19 to a trumpet blast10 or to such a voice speaking words11 that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,12 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."a13 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."b14 22 But you have come to Mount Zion,15 to the heavenly Jerusalem,16 the city17 of the living God.18 You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn,19 whose names are written in heaven.20 You have come to God, the judge of all men,21 to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,22 24 to Jesus the mediator23 of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood24 that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.25 25 See to it that you do not refuse26 him who speaks.27 If they did not escape when they refused him who warned28 them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?29 26 At that time his voice shook the earth,30 but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."c31 27 The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken32--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,33 let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,34 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."d35
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