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Jesus, the Example

1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also alay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us brun with cendurance the race that is set before us, 2 Ifixing our eyes on Jesus, the IIaauthor and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him bendured the cross, cdespising the shame, and has dsat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

[1] aRo 13:12; Ep 4:22 b1Co 9:24; Ga 2:2 cHe 10:36
[2] ILit looking to IIOr leader aHe 2:10 bPhp 2:8f; He 2:9 c1Co 1:18, 23; He 13:13 dHe 1:3

3 ¶ For aconsider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary Iband lose heart.

[3] ILit fainting in your souls aRv 2:3 bGa 6:9; He 12:5

A Father’s Discipline

4 aYou have not yet resisted Ibto the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
  “aMY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
  NOR bFAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
  6 aFOR THOSE bWHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
  AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; aGod deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom [his] father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, aof which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had Iearthly fathers to discipline us, and we arespected them; shall we not much rather be subject to bthe Father of IIspirits, and clive? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He [disciplines us] for [our] good, aso that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline afor the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the bpeaceful fruit of righteousness.

[4] ILit as far as blood aHe 10:32ff; 13:13 bPhp 2:8
[5] aJb 5:17; Pv 3:11 bHe 12:3
[6] aPv 3:12 bPs 119:75; Rv 3:19
[7] aDt 8:5; 2S 7:14; Pv 13:24; 19:18; 23:13f
[8] a1P 5:9
[9] ILit fathers of our flesh IIOr our spirits aLk 18:2 bNu 16:22; 27:16; Rv 22:6 cIs 38:16
[10] a2P 1:4
[11] a1P 1:6 bIs 32:17; 2Ti 4:8; Jm 3:17f

12 ¶ Therefore, Iastrengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and amake straight paths for your feet, so that [the limb] which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather bbe healed.

[12] ILit make straight aIs 35:3
[13] aPv 4:26; Ga 2:14 bGa 6:1; Jm 5:16

14aPursue peace with all men, and the bsanctification without which no one will csee the Lord. 15 See to it that no one acomes short of the grace of God; that no broot of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be cdefiled; 16 that [there be] no aimmoral or bgodless person like Esau, cwho sold his own birthright for a [single] meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, awhen he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

[14] aRo 14:19 bRo 6:22; He 12:10 cMt 5:8; He 9:28
[15] a2Co 6:1; Ga 5:4; He 4:1 bDt 29:18 cTit 1:15
[16] aHe 13:4 b1Ti 1:9 cGn 25:33f
[17] aGn 27:30-40

Contrast of Sinai and Zion

18aFor you have not come to b[a mountain] that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the ablast of a trumpet and the bsound of words which [sound was such that] those who heard cbegged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “aIF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT WILL BE STONED.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, “aI AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.” 22 But ayou have come to Mount Zion and to bthe city of cthe living God, dthe heavenly Jerusalem, and to emyriads of Iangels, 23 to the general assembly and achurch of the firstborn who bare enrolled in heaven, and to God, cthe Judge of all, and to the dspirits of [the] righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the amediator of a new covenant, and to the bsprinkled blood, which speaks better than c[the blood] of Abel.

[18] a2Co 3:7-13; He 12:18ff bEx 19:12, 16ff; 20:18; Dt 4:11; 5:22
[19] aEx 19:16, 19; 20:18; Mt 24:31 bEx 19:19; Dt 4:12 cEx 20:19; Dt 5:25; 18:16
[20] aEx 19:12f
[21] aDt 9:19
[22] IOr angels in festive gathering, and to the church aRv 14:1 bEp 2:19; Php 3:20; He 11:10; Rv 21:2 cHe 3:12 dGa 4:26; He 11:16 eRv 5:11
[23] aEx 4:22; He 2:12 bLk 10:20 cGn 18:25; Ps 50:6; 94:2 dHe 11:40; Rv 6:9, 11
[24] a1Ti 2:5; He 8:6; 9:15 bHe 9:19; 10:22; 1P 1:2 cGn 4:10; He 11:4

The Unshaken Kingdom

25aSee to it that you do not refuse Him who is bspeaking. For cif those did not escape when they drefused him who ewarned [them] on earth, Imuch less [will] we [escape] who turn away from Him who e[warns] from heaven. 26 And aHis voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “bYET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” 27 This [expression], “Yet once more,” denotes athe removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a akingdom which cannot be shaken, let us Ishow gratitude, by which we may boffer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for aour God is a consuming fire.

[25] ILit much rather we will not escape... aHe 3:12 bHe 1:1 cHe 2:2f; 10:28f dHe 12:19 eEx 20:22; He 8:5; 11:7
[26] aEx 19:18; Jg 5:4f bHg 2:6
[27] aIs 34:4; 54:10; 65:17; Ro 8:19, 21; 1Co 7:31; He 1:10ff
[28] ILit have aDn 2:44 bHe 13:15, 21
[29] aDt 4:24; 9:3; Is 33:14; 2Th 1:7; He 10:27, 31


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An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and godliness.

1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. 18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

[1] Ps 18:23; Is 60:8; Ezk 38:9, 16; Mt 10:22, 37; 24:13; Lk 8:14, 15; 9:59; 12:15; 14:26; 16:28; 18:22; 21:34; Jn 3:32; 4:39, 44; Ro 2:7; 5:3; 8:24; 12:12; 13:11; 1Co 9:24; 2Co 7:1; Ga 5:7; Ep 4:22; Php 2:16; 3:10; Col 3:5; 1Ti 6:9; 2Ti 2:4; 4:7; He 6:15; 10:35, 36; 11:2; Jm 1:3; 5:7; 1P 2:1; 4:2; 5:12; 2P 1:6; 1Jn 2:15; Rv 1:9; 3:10; 13:10; 22:16.
[2] Ps 16:9; 22:6; 69:19; 110:1; 138:8; Is 8:17; 31:1; 45:22; 49:6, 7; 50:6; 53:3, 10; Mi 7:7; Zc 12:10; Mt 16:21; 20:18, 20, 28; 26:67, 68; 27:27, 31, 38; Mk 9:12, 24; 14:36; Lk 17:5; 23:11, 35; 24:26; Jn 1:29; 6:40; 8:56; 12:24, 27, 32; 13:3, 31; 17:1; Ac 2:25, 36; 5:31, 41; 1Co 1:7; Ep 2:16; 5:2; Php 1:6; 2:8; 3:20; 2Ti 4:8; Tit 2:13, 14; He 1:3, 13; 2:7, 10; 5:9; 7:19; 8:1; 9:28; 10:5, 14, 33; 11:36; 12:3; 1P 1:11; 2:23, 24; 3:18, 22; 4:14; 1Jn 1:1; Jde 1:21; Rv 1:8, 11, 17; 2:8.
[3] Dt 20:3; 1S 12:24; Pv 24:10; Is 40:30; 50:4; Mt 10:24; 11:19; 12:24; 15:2; 21:15, 23, 46; 22:15; Lk 2:34; 4:28; 5:21; 11:15, 53; 13:13; 14:1; 15:2; 16:14; 19:39, 40; Jn 5:16; 7:12; 8:13, 48, 52, 59; 9:40; 10:20, 31; 12:9, 10; 15:18; 18:22; 1Co 15:58; 2Co 4:1, 16; Ga 6:9; 2Th 3:13; 2Ti 2:7; He 3:1; 12:2, 5.
[4] Mt 24:9; 1Co 10:13; 2Ti 4:6; He 10:32; 12:2; Rv 2:13; 6:9; 12:11; 17:6; 18:24.
[5] Dt 4:9; Jsh 7:7; 2S 6:7; 1Ch 13:9; 15:12; Jb 5:17; 34:31; Ps 6:1; 94:12; 118:18; 119:16, 75, 83, 109; Pv 3:1, 11; 4:5; Jr 31:18; Mt 16:9; Lk 24:6, 8; 1Co 11:32; 2Co 4:8; 12:9; He 12:3, 7; Jm 1:12; Rv 3:19.
[6] Dt 8:5; 2S 7:14; Ps 32:1; 73:14; 89:30; 119:71, 75; Pv 3:12; 13:24; Is 27:9; Jr 10:24; He 12:7; Jm 1:12; 5:11; Rv 3:19.
[7] 1S 2:29, 34; 3:13; 1K 1:6; 2:24; Jb 34:31; Pv 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13; 29:15, 17; Ac 14:22.
[8] Ps 73:1, 14; He 12:6; 1P 5:9.
[9] Ex 20:12; Lv 19:3; Nu 16:22; 27:16; Dt 21:18; 27:16; Jb 12:10; Pv 30:17; Ec 12:7; Is 42:5; 57:16; Ezk 22:7; Zc 12:1; Mal 1:6; Jn 3:6; Ac 2:30; Ro 1:3; 9:3, 5; Ep 6:1; He 12:7; Jm 4:7, 10; 1P 5:6.
[10] Lv 11:44; 19:2; Ps 17:15; Ezk 36:25; Ep 4:24; 5:26; Col 1:22; Tit 2:14; He 12:5; 1P 1:15; 2:5, 9; 2P 1:4.
[11] Ps 89:32; 118:18; 119:165; Pv 15:10; 19:18; Is 32:17; Ro 5:3; 14:17; 2Co 4:17; Ga 5:22; 1Ti 4:7; He 5:14; 12:5, 10; Jm 3:17; 2P 2:14.
[12] Jb 4:3; Is 35:3; Ezk 7:17; 21:7; Dn 5:6; Na 2:10; 1Th 5:14; He 12:3, 5.
[13] Pv 4:26; Is 35:3, 6, 8; 40:3; 42:16; 58:12; Jr 18:15; 31:8; Lk 3:5; Ga 6:1; Jde 1:22.
[14] Gn 13:7; 32:30; Jb 19:26; 33:26; Ps 34:14; 38:20; 94:15; 120:6; 133:1; Pv 15:1; 16:7; 17:14; Is 11:6; 51:1; Mt 5:8, 9; Mk 9:50; Lk 1:75; Ro 6:22; 12:18; 14:19; 1Co 1:10; 13:12; 2Co 6:17; 7:1; Ga 3:21; 5:22; Ep 4:1; 5:5; Php 3:12; 1Th 3:13; 4:7; 5:15; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:22; He 12:10; Jm 3:17; 1P 1:15; 3:11, 13; 2P 3:11, 18; 1Jn 3:2; 3Jn 1:11; Rv 21:24; 22:3, 11.
[15] Ex 32:21; Dt 4:9; 29:18; 32:32; Jsh 6:18; 7:25; 22:17; 1K 14:16; Pv 4:23; Is 5:4, 7; Jr 2:21; Mt 7:16; Lk 22:32; Ac 20:30; 1Co 5:6; 9:24; 10:12; 13:8; 15:33; 2Co 6:1; 13:5; Ga 2:13; 5:4; Ep 5:3; Col 3:5; 2Ti 2:16; He 2:1; 3:12; 4:1, 11; 6:11; 10:23; 2P 1:10; 2:1, 18; 3:11, 14; 2Jn 1:8; Jde 1:20.
[16] Gn 25:31; 27:36; Mk 7:21; Ac 15:20, 29; 1Co 5:1, 9; 6:15; 10:8; 2Co 12:21; Ga 5:19; Ep 5:3, 5; Col 3:5; 1Th 4:3; He 13:4; Rv 2:20; 21:8; 22:15.
[17] Gn 27:31; Pv 1:24; Jr 6:30; Mt 7:23; 25:11; Lk 13:24; He 6:4, 8; 10:26.
[18] Ex 19:12; 20:18; 24:17; Dt 4:11; 5:22; Ro 6:14; 8:15; 2Ti 1:7.
[19] Ex 19:16; 20:1, 18, 22; Dt 4:12, 33; 5:3, 24; 18:16; 1Co 15:52; 1Th 4:16.
[20] Ex 19:13, 16; Dt 33:2; Ro 3:19; Ga 2:19; 3:10.
[21] Ex 19:16, 19; Ps 119:120; Is 6:3; Dn 10:8, 17; Rv 1:17.

A commendation of the New Testament above the Old.

22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God [is] a consuming fire.

[22] Dt 5:26; 33:2; Jsh 3:10; 2K 19:4; Ps 2:6; 42:2; 48:2; 68:17; 84:2; 87:3; 132:13; Is 12:6; 14:32; 28:16; 51:11, 16; 59:20; 60:14; Jr 10:10; Dn 6:26; 7:10; Ho 1:10; Jol 2:32; Mt 5:35; 16:16; Ro 9:26; 11:26; Ga 4:26; Php 3:20; 1Th 1:9; He 3:12; 9:14; 10:31; 13:14; Jde 1:14; Rv 3:12; 5:11; 7:2; 14:1; 21:2, 10; 22:19.
[23] Gn 18:25; Ex 4:22; 13:2; 32:32; Dt 21:17; Ps 50:5; 69:28; 89:7, 27; 94:2; 96:13; 98:9; 111:1; Ec 12:7; Jr 31:9; Mt 25:31; Lk 10:20; Jn 5:27; Ac 20:28; 1Co 13:12; 15:49, 54; 2Co 5:8; Ep 1:22; 5:24; Php 1:21; 3:12; 4:3; Col 1:12, 24; 2Th 1:5; 1Ti 3:5; He 6:10; 9:27; 11:4, 40; Jm 1:18; 1P 2:23; Rv 7:14; 13:8; 14:4; 20:15.
[24] Gn 4:10; Ex 24:8; Is 55:3; Jr 31:31; Mt 23:35; 26:28; Mk 14:24; Lk 11:51; 22:20; 1Ti 2:5; He 7:22; 8:6, 8; 9:15, 21; 10:22; 11:4, 28; 13:20; 1P 1:2.
[25] Ex 16:29; Nu 32:15; Dt 30:17; Jsh 22:16; 1K 12:16; 2Ch 7:19; Pv 1:24, 32; 8:33; 13:18; 15:32; Is 48:6; 64:9; Jr 11:10; Ezk 5:6; Zc 7:11; Mt 8:4; 17:5; Ac 7:35; 1Th 5:15; 2Ti 4:4; He 2:1; 3:17; 8:5; 10:28; 1P 1:22; Rv 19:10; 22:9.
[26] Ex 19:18; Ps 114:6; Is 2:19; 13:13; Jol 3:16; Hab 3:10; Hg 2:6, 22; He 12:27.
[27] Ps 102:26; Ezk 21:27; Mt 24:35; 2P 3:10; Rv 11:15; 21:1.
[28] Lv 10:3; Ps 2:11; 19:14; 89:7; Pv 28:24; Is 9:7; 56:7; Dn 2:44; 7:14, 27; Mt 25:34; Lk 1:33; 17:20; Ro 11:20; 12:1; Ep 1:6; 5:10; Php 4:18; He 3:6; 4:16; 5:7; 10:19, 22, 23; 1P 1:4, 17; 2:5, 20; Rv 1:6; 5:10; 15:4.
[29] Ex 24:17; Nu 11:1; 16:35; Dt 4:24; 9:3; Ps 50:3; 97:3; Is 66:15; Dn 7:9; 2Th 1:8; He 10:27.


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