1So, then, because we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also put off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2as we look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. For the joy that was set before him he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3Indeed, consider closely the one who has endured such contrary talk by sinners against their own interests, that YOU may not get tired and give out in YOUR souls.
4In carrying on YOUR contest against that sin YOU have never yet resisted as far as blood,5but YOU have entirely forgotten the exhortation which addresses YOU as sons: “My son, do not belittle [the] discipline from Jehovah, neither give out when you are corrected by him;6for whom Jehovah loves he disciplines; in fact, he scourges every one whom he receives as a son.”
7It is for discipline YOU are enduring. God is dealing with YOU as with sons. For what son is he that a father does not discipline?8But if YOU are without the discipline of which all have become partakers, YOU are really illegitimate children, and not sons.9Furthermore, we used to have fathers who were of our flesh to discipline us, and we used to give them respect. Shall we not much more subject ourselves to the Father of our spiritual life and live?10For they for a few days used to discipline us according to what seemed good to them, but he does so for our profit that we may partake of his holiness.11True, no discipline seems for the present to be joyous, but grievous; yet afterward to those who have been trained by it it yields peaceable fruit, namely, righteousness.
12Hence straighten up the hands that hang down and the enfeebled knees,13and keep making straight paths for YOUR feet, that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather that it may be healed.14Pursue peace with all people, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,15carefully watching that no one may be deprived of the undeserved kindness of God; that no poisonous root may spring up and cause trouble and that many may not be defiled by it;16that there may be no fornicator nor anyone not appreciating sacred things, like E′sau, who in exchange for one meal gave away his rights as firstborn.17For YOU know that afterward also when he wanted to inherit the blessing he was rejected, for, although he earnestly sought a change of mind with tears, he found no place for it.
18For YOU have not approached that which can be felt and which has been set aflame with fire, and a dark cloud and thick darkness and a tempest,19and the blare of a trumpet and the voice of words; on hearing which voice the people implored that no word should be added to them.20For the command was not bearable to them: “And if a beast touches the mountain, it must be stoned.”21Also, the display was so fearsome that Moses said: “I am fearful and trembling.”22But YOU have approached a Mount Zion and a city of [the] living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels,23in general assembly, and the congregation of the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens, and God the Judge of all, and the spiritual lives of righteous ones who have been made perfect,24and Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and the blood of sprinkling, which speaks in a better way than Abel’s [blood].
25See that YOU do not beg off from him who is speaking. For if they did not escape who begged off from him who was giving divine warning upon earth, much more shall we not if we turn away from him who speaks from the heavens.26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, saying: “Yet once more I will set in commotion not only the earth but also the heaven.”27Now the expression “Yet once more” signifies the removal of the things being shaken as things that have been made, in order that the things not being shaken may remain.28Wherefore, seeing that we are to receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us continue to have undeserved kindness, through which we may acceptably render God sacred service with godly fear and awe.29For our God is also a consuming fire.