Hebrews 12:20-29 (New International Version)

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20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."a1 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."b2 22 But you have come to Mount Zion,3 to the heavenly Jerusalem,4 the city5 of the living God.6 You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn,7 whose names are written in heaven.8 You have come to God, the judge of all men,9 to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,10 24 to Jesus the mediator11 of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood12 that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.13 25 See to it that you do not refuse14 him who speaks.15 If they did not escape when they refused him who warned16 them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?17 26 At that time his voice shook the earth,18 but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."c19 27 The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken20--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,21 let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,22 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."d23
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