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Hebrews 12:6-16 (New International Version)

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6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,1 and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."a2 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.3 For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline),4 then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits5 and live!6 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.7 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace8 for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.9 13 "Make level paths for your feet,"b10 so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.11

Warning Against Refusing God

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men12 and to be holy;13 without holiness no one will see the Lord.14 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God15 and that no bitter root16 grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral,17 or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.18
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