Hebrews 12:4-13 NIV

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.1

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5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart2 when he rebukes you,

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      6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,3 and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."a4

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      7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.5 For what son is not disciplined by his father?

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      8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline),6 then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

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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 spirits7 and live!8

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      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.9

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      11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace10 for those who have been trained by it.

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      12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.11

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      13 "Make level paths for your feet,"b12 so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.13

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