1Therefore, since we havesogreat a cloud of witnessessurrounding us, let us also1layasideeveryencumbrance and the sin which so easilyentangles us, and let us 2run with 3endurance the race that is setbefore us,
2afixing our eyes on Jesus, the b4author and perfecter of faith, who for the joysetbefore Him 5endured the cross, 6despising the shame, and has 7satdown at the righthand of the throne of God.
For 8consider Him who has enduredsuchhostility by sinnersagainstHimself, so that you will not growwearyc9and loseheart.
410You have not yetresistedd11to the point of shedding blood in your strivingagainstsin ;
and you have forgotten the exhortationwhich is addressed to you as sons, "12MY SON, DO NOT REGARDLIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR13FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM.
614FOR THOSE 15WHOM THE LORDLOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGESEVERYSONWHOM HE RECEIVES."
It is for discipline that you endure ; 16Goddeals with you as with sons ; for whatson is there whom his father does not discipline ?
But if you are withoutdiscipline, 17of whichall have becomepartakers, then you are illegitimatechildren and not sons.
9Furthermore, we hadeearthlyfathers to discipline us, and we 18respected them; shall we not muchrather be subject to 19the Father of fspirits, and 20live ?
For they disciplined us for a shorttime as seemedbest to them, but He disciplines us for our good, 21so that we may share His holiness.
11Alldiscipline22for the momentseems not to be joyful, but sorrowful ; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the 23peacefulfruit of righteousness.
12Therefore, g24strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,