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Hebrews 12 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies 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 Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated 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 of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 For in your struggle against sin you have not yet had to resist to the point of being killed. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 Have you forgotten the encouraging words which God speaks to you as his children? "My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when he rebukes 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 Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a child." 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7 Endure what you suffer as being a father's punishment; your suffering shows that God is treating you as his children. Was there ever a child who was not punished by his father? 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are not punished, as all his children are, it means you are not real children, but bastards. 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 In the case of our human fathers, they punished us and we respected them. How much more, then, 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 Our human fathers punished us for a short time, as it seemed right to them; but God does it for our own good, so that we may 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 When we are punished, it seems to us at the time something to make us sad, not glad. Later, however, those who have been disciplined by such punishment reap the peaceful reward of a righteous life. 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 Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees! 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, 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 Guard against turning back from the grace of God. Let no one become like a bitter plant that grows up and causes many troubles with its poison. 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 Let no one become immoral or unspiritual like Esau, who for a single meal sold his rights as the older son. 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 Afterward, you know, he wanted to receive his father's blessing; but he was turned back, because he could not find any way to change what he had done, even though in tears he looked for it. 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 have not come, as the people of Israel came, to what you can feel, to Mount Sinai with its blazing fire, the darkness and the gloom, the storm, 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
19 the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of a voice. When the people heard the voice, they begged not to hear another 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 because they could not bear the order which said, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must 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 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling and afraid!" 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels. 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 You have come to the joyful gathering of God's first-born, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people 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 You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel. 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 Be careful, then, and do not refuse to hear him who speaks. Those who refused to hear the one who gave the divine message on earth did not escape. How much less shall we escape, then, if we turn away from the one who speaks 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 at that time, but now he has promised, "I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven as well." 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 "once more" plainly show that the created things will be shaken and removed, so that the things that cannot be 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 Let us be thankful, then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence 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 is indeed a destroying fire. 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."