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Hebrews 12 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We have around us many people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. 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 look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting 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 Jesus' example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 You are struggling against sin, but your struggles have not yet caused you to be killed. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 You have forgotten the encouraging words that call you his children: "My child, don't think the Lord's discipline is worth nothing, and don't stop trying 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 The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as his child." 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7 So hold on through your sufferings, because they are like a father's discipline. God is treating you as children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are never disciplined (and every child must be disciplined), you are not true children. 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 We have all had fathers here on earth who disciplined us, and we respected them. So it is even more important that we accept discipline from the Father of our spirits so we will have life. 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 fathers on earth disciplined us for a short time in the way they thought was best. But God disciplines us to help us, so we can become holy as he is. 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 We do not enjoy being disciplined. It is painful, but later, after we have learned from it, we have peace, because we start living in the right way. 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 You have become weak, so make yourselves strong again. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 Live in the right way so that you will be saved and your weakness will not cause you to be lost. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Try to live in peace with all people, and try to live free from sin. Anyone whose life is not holy will never 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 Be careful that no one fails to receive God's grace and begins to cause trouble among you. A person like that can ruin many of you. 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 Be careful that no one takes part in sexual sin or is like Esau and never thinks about God. As the oldest son, Esau would have received everything from his father, but he sold all that for a single 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 remember that after Esau did this, he wanted to get his father's blessing, but his father refused. Esau could find no way to change what he had done, even though he wanted the blessing so much that he cried. 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 to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire. You have not come to darkness, sadness, and storms. 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
19 You have not come to the noise of a trumpet or to the sound of a voice like the one the people of Israel heard and 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 They did not want to hear the command: "If anything, even an animal, touches the mountain, it must be put to death with stones." 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."
21 What they saw was so terrible that Moses said, "I am shaking with fear." 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands of angels gathered together with joy. 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 meeting of God's firstbornn children whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people 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 You have come to Jesus, the One who brought the new agreement from God to his people, and you have come to the sprinkled bloodn that has a better message than 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 So be careful and do not refuse to listen when God speaks. Others refused to listen to him when he warned them on earth, and they did not escape. So it will be worse for us if we refuse to listen to God who warns us 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 When he spoke before, his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once again I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." 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 again" clearly show us that everything that was made -- things that can be shaken -- will be destroyed. Only 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 So let us be thankful, because we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. We should worship God in a way that pleases him with respect 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 because our God is like a fire that burns things up. 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."