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Hebrews 12 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2 and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God's throne. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Think about the one who endured such opposition from sinners so that you won't be discouraged and you won't give up. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 In your struggle against sin, you haven't resisted yet to the point of shedding blood, 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 and you have forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as sons and daughters: My child, don't make light of the Lord's discipline or give up when you are corrected by him, 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 heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts. 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7 Bear hardship for the sake of discipline. God is treating you like sons and daughters! What child isn't disciplined by his or her father? 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 But if you don't experience discipline, which happens to all children, then you are illegitimate and not real sons and daughters. 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 What's more, we had human parents who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live? 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 spirits and live!
10 Our human parents disciplined us for a little while, as it seemed best to them, but God does it for our benefit so that we can share his holiness. 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.
11 No discipline is fun while it lasts, but it seems painful at the time. Later, however, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who have been trained by it. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 So strengthen your drooping hands and weak knees! 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 Make straight paths for your feet so that if any part is lame, it will be healed rather than injured more seriously. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Pursue the goal of peace along with everyone—and holiness as well, because no one will see the Lord without it. 14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
15 Make sure that no one misses out on God's grace. Make sure that no root of bitterness grows up that might cause trouble and pollute many people. 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
16 Make sure that no one becomes sexually immoral or ungodly like Esau. He sold his inheritance as the oldest son for one meal. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
17 You know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he couldn't find a way to change his heart and life, though he looked for it with tears. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.
18 You haven't drawn near to something that can be touched: a burning fire, darkness, shadow, a whirlwind, 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
19 a blast of a trumpet, and a sound of words that made the ones who heard it beg that there wouldn't be one more word. 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,
20 They couldn't stand the command, If even a wild animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."
21 The sight was so frightening that Moses said, "I'm terrified and shaking!" 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 But you have drawn near to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, to countless angels in a festival gathering, 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
23 to the assembly of God's firstborn children who are registered in heaven, to God the judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous who have been made perfect, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
24 to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better than Abel's blood. 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25 See to it that you don't resist the one who is speaking. If the people didn't escape when they refused to listen to the one who warned them on earth, how will we escape if we reject the one who is warning from heaven? 25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
26 His voice shook the earth then, but now he has made a promise: Still once more I will shake not only the earth but heaven also. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."
27 The words "still once more" reveal the removal of what is shaken—the things that are part of this creation—so that what isn't shaken will remain. 27 The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can't be shaken, let's continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let's serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe, 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
29 because our God really is a consuming fire. 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."