1Wherefore seeing we alsoare compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,letus lay asideeveryweight,and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us runwithpatience the race that is set beforeus,2LookinguntoJesus the authoraandfinisher of our faith;whofor the joy that was set beforehimendured the cross,despising the shame,and is set downat the right hand of the throne of God.3Forconsider him that enduredsuchcontradictionofsinnersagainsthimself,lest ye be wearied and faint in yourminds.4
Ye have not yetresisteduntoblood,strivingagainstsin.5And ye have forgotten the exhortationwhichspeaketh unto youas unto children,Myson,despisenotthou the chastening of the Lord,norfaint when thou art rebukedofhim:6Forwhom the Lordloveth he chasteneth , andscourgetheverysonwhom he receiveth .
7If ye endurechastening,Goddealeth with youas with sons;forwhatson is hewhom the fatherchastenethnot?8Butif ye bewithoutchastisement,whereofallarepartakers,then are yebastards,andnotsons.9Furthermorewe have hadfathers of ourflesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : shall wenotmuchrather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits,andlive ?
10For they verilyfor a fewdayschastened us afterb their ownpleasure ; but he for our profit , that we might be partakers of hisholiness.11Nownochasteningforthepresentseemeth to bejoyous,butgrievous:neverthelessafterward it yieldeth the peaceablefruit of righteousness unto them which are exercisedthereby .
12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down , and the feebleknees;13Andmakestraightcpaths for yourfeet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way ; but let itrather be healed .
14Followpeacewithall men, andholiness,withoutwhich no man shall see the Lord:15
Looking diligentlylest any manfaildof the grace of God;lestanyroot of bitternessspringinguptrouble you, andtherebymany be defiled ;
16Lest there be anyfornicator,or profane person,asEsau,whoforone morsel of meatsoldhisbirthright.17For ye knowhow that afterward , when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected : for he foundnoplacee of repentance,though he soughtitcarefullywithtears.18For ye arenotcome unto the mount that might be touched , and that burned with fire,nor unto blackness,anddarkness,andtempest,19And the sound of a trumpet,and the voice of words;which voice they that heardintreated that the wordshouldnot be spoken to them any more:20
(For they couldnotendure that which was commanded , And if so much as a beasttouch the mountain, it shall be stoned , or thrust through with a dart:21Andsoterriblewas the sight , that Mosessaid , I exceedingly fearand quake:)
22But ye are come unto mountSion,and unto the city of the livingGod, the heavenlyJerusalem,and to an innumerable company of angels,23
To the general assemblyandchurch of the firstborn, which are writtenfinheaven,and to God the Judge of all,and to the spirits of just men made perfect ,
24And to Jesus the mediator of the newcovenant,gand to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better thingsthan that of Abel.25See that ye refusenot him that speaketh . Foriftheyescapednot who refused him that spakeonearth,muchmore shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh fromheaven:26Whosevoicethenshook the earth:butnow he hath promised , saying , Yet once moreIshakenot the earthonly,butalsoheaven.27And this word, Yet once more,signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken ,has of things that are made , that those things which cannot be shaken may remain .
28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us havegrace,wherebywe may serveGodacceptablywithreverenceand godly fear:29ForourGod is a consumingfire.