1 Therefore now we also, having so great a cloud of witnesses encompassing us, let us lay aside every weight, and the easily besetting sin, and let us run with patience the race set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before him endured a cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right of the throne of :God. 3 For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of :sinners against himself that ye weary not, fainting in your :souls. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against :sin: 5 and have forgotten the exhortation
which reasoneth with you as with sons,
My son, regard not lightly the Lord’s chastening, Nor faint when reproved of him;
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, And scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 It is †for chastening that ye endure; :God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye are without chastening, whereof all have been made par takers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had the fathers of our :flesh as chasteners, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of the spirits, and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for :profit, that we may be par takers of his holiness. 11 Now all chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward yieldeth to those exercised thereby peaceable fruit of righteousness. 12 Wherefore straighten the hanging down hands, and the paralysed knees; 13 and make straight paths for your :feet, that what is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed. 14 Follow after peace with all, and the sanctification without which no one shall see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest there be any that falleth short of the grace of :God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one piece of food sold his own :birthrights. 17 For ye know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was disapproved; for he found no place for repentance in his father, though he sought it diligently with tears. 18 For ye are not come to a mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and to blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 and sound of a trumpet, and voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that no word be added for them; 20 for they could not endure what was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned; 21 and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake: 22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 a general assembly and church of firstborn enrolled in the heavens, and to God, Judge of all, and to spirits of perfected just men, 24 and to Jesus, mediator of a new covenant, and to blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than :Abel. 25 See ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if THEY escaped not when they refused him that warned on earth, much less we who turn away from him that is from the heavens: 26 whose :voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven. 27 And this, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of the things shaken, as of things made, that those not shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well pleasing to :God with godly fear and awe: 29 For our :God is indeed a consuming fire.