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1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is 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 to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated 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 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 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 have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons? --"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished 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 For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject 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 For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but he disciplines us for our good, 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 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to 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 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Strive for peace with all men, and for 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 fail to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" spring up and cause trouble, and by it the many become defiled; 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 that no one be immoral or irreligious like Esau, who sold his birthright 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 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought 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 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
19 and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken 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 could not endure the order that was given, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned." 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."
21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear." 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal 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 and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men 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 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously 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 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who 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 His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." 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 This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be 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 let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, 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 for our God is a consuming fire. 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."