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Hebrews 12 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment - that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement - and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, 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 looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting,d Yeshua - who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 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 Yes, think about him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you won't grow tired or become despondent. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 Also you have forgotten the counsel which speaks with you as sons: "My son, don't despise the discipline of ADONAI or become despondent when he corrects you. 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 For ADONAI disciplines those he loves and whips everyone he accepts as a son." 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7 Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don't, you're a mamzer and not a son! 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father 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 For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but he disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in 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 Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness. 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 arms, and steady your tottering knees; 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 and make a level path for your feet; so that what has been injured will not get wrenched out of joint but rather will be healed. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Keep pursuing shalom with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
15 See to it that no one misses out on God's grace, that no root of bitternessi springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many, 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 and that no one is sexually immoral, or godless like Esav, who in exchange for a single meal gave up his rights as the firstborn. 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 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to obtain his father's blessing, he was rejected; indeed, even though he sought it with tears, his change of heart was to no avail. 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 For you have not come to a tangible mountain, to an ignited fire, to darkness, to murk, to 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 to the sound of a shofar, and to a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further message be given to them - 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 for they couldn't bear what was being commanded them, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it is to be stoned to death"; 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."
21 and so terrifying was the sight that Moshe said, "I am quaking with dread." 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; 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 a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal; 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 the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel. 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 that you don't reject the One speaking! For if those did not escape who rejected him when he gave divine warning on earth, think how much less we will escape if we turn away from him when he warns 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 Even then, his voice shook the earth; but now, he has made this promise: "One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!" 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 And this phrase, "one more time," makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may 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 have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. 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 For indeed, "Our God is a consuming fire!" 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."