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Hebrews 12:1-11 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Example of Jesus’ Suffering

1 Therefore, [since]a we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, putting aside every weight and {the sin that so easily ensnares us}b, let us run with patient endurance the race that has been set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the originator and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider the one who endured such hostility by sinners against himself,c so that you will not grow weary in your souls [and] give up. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of [shedding your]d blood [as you]e struggle against sin. 5 And have you completely forgotten the exhortation which instructs you as sons? "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, or give up [when you] are corrected by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one whom he loves, and punishes every son whom he accepts."f 7 Endure [it] for discipline. God is dealing with you as sons. For what son [is there] whom a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, in which all [legitimate sons]g have become participants, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had {our earthly fathers}h who disciplined [us], and we respected [them]. Will we not much rather subject ourselves to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined [us] for a few days according to what seemed [appropriate] to them, but he [does so] for our benefit, in order that [we] can have a share in his holiness. 11 Now all discipline seems for the moment not to be joyful but painful, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who are trained by it.
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