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Hebrews 12:9-19 (New International Version)

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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 spirits1 and live!2 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.3 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace4 for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.5 13 "Make level paths for your feet,"a6 so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.7

Warning Against Refusing God

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men8 and to be holy;9 without holiness no one will see the Lord.10 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God11 and that no bitter root12 grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral,13 or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.14 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.15 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;16 19 to a trumpet blast17 or to such a voice speaking words18 that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,19
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