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1 For this reason, as we are circled by so great a cloud of witnesses, putting off every weight, and the sin into which we come so readily, let us keep on running in the way which is marked out for 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 Having our eyes fixed on Jesus, the guide and end of our faith, who went through the pains of the cross, not caring for the shame, because of the joy which was before him, and who has now taken his place at the right hand of God's seat of power. 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 Give thought to him who has undergone so much of the hate of sinners against himself, so that you may not be tired and feeble of purpose. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 Till now you have not given your blood in your fight against sin: 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And you have not kept in mind the word which says to you as to sons, My son, do not make little of the Lord's punishment, and do not give up hope when you are judged 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 sends punishment on his loved ones; everyone whom he takes as his son has experience of his rod. 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7 It is for your training that you undergo these things; God is acting to you as a father does to his sons; for what son does not have punishment from his 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 have not that punishment of which we all have our part, then you are not true sons, but children of shame. 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 And again, if the fathers of our flesh gave us punishment and had our respect, how much more will we be under the authority of the Father of spirits, and 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 For they truly gave us punishment for a short time, as it seemed good to them; but he does it for our profit, so that we may 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 At the time all punishment seems to be pain and not joy: but after, those who have been trained by it get from it the peace-giving fruit of 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 For this cause let the hands which are hanging down be lifted up, and let the feeble knees be made strong, 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 And make straight roads for your feet, so that the feeble may not be turned out of the way, but may be made strong. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Let your desire be for peace with all men, and to be made holy, without which no man may 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 Looking with care to see that no man among you in his behaviour comes short of the grace of God; for fear that some bitter root may come up to be a trouble to you, and that some of you may be made unclean by it; 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 there may not be any evil liver, or any man without respect for God, like Esau, who let his birthright go for a plate of food. 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 have knowledge that even long after, when he was desiring the blessing for his heritage, he was turned away, though he made his request frequently and with weeping; because the past might not be changed. 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 which may be touched, and is burning with fire, and to a black cloud, and a dark smoke, and a violent wind, 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 to the sound of a horn, and the voice of words, the hearers of which made request that not a word more might be said 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 the order which said, If the mountain is touched even by a beast, the beast is to be stoned, seemed hard to them; 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."
21 And the vision was so overpowering that even Moses said, I am shaking and full of fear. 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 But you have come to the mountain of Zion, to the place of the living God, to the Jerusalem which is in heaven, and to an army of angels which may not be numbered, 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 great meeting and church of the first of those who are named in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of good men made complete, 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 by whom the new agreement has been made between God and man, and to the sign of the blood which says better things 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 that you give ear to his voice which comes to you. For if those whose ears were shut to the voice which came to them on earth did not go free from punishment, what chance have we of going free if we give no attention to him whose voice comes 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 Whose voice was the cause of the shaking of the earth; but now he has made an oath, saying, There will be still one more shaking, not only of the earth, but of 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 And the words, Still one more, make it clear that there will be a taking away of those things which are shaking, as of things which are made, so that there may be only those things of which no shaking is possible. 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 If then, we have a kingdom which will never be moved, let us have grace, so that we may give God such worship as is pleasing to him with fear and respect: 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 an all-burning fire. 29 for our "God is a consuming fire."