Hebrews 12:3-17 NIV

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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God Disciplines His Children

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

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5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

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      6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”a

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        • š 12:6 - Prov. 3:11,12 (see Septuagint)
          7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

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          8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.

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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 spirits and live!

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          10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.

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          11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

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          12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

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          13 “Make level paths for your feet,”b so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

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          Warning and Encouragement

          14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

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          15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

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          16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

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          17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.

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