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Hebrews 12:9-19 (New American Standard)

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9 Furthermore, we had aearthly fathers to discipline us, and we 1respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to 2the Father of bspirits, and 3live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, 4so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline 5for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the 6peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12 Therefore, c7strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and 8make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather 9be healed. 14 10Pursue peace with all men, and the 11sanctification without which no one will 12see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one 13comes short of the grace of God; that no 14root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be 15defiled; 16 that there be no 16immoral or 17godless person like Esau, 18who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, 19when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

Contrast of Sinai and Zion

18 20For you have not come to 21a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the 22blast of a trumpet and the 23sound of words which sound was such that those who heard 24begged that no further word be spoken to them.
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