Hebrews 12:4-13 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.