Hebrews 12:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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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 run1 with perseverance2 the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus,3 the pioneer4 and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,5 scorning its shame,6 and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.7 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary8 and lose heart.

God Disciplines His Children

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.9 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as children? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart10 when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,11 and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child."a12
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