12 Therefore indeed Seeing that we also have encircling us so great a cloud of witnesses Stripping off every incumbrance and the easily entangling sin With endurance let us be running the race that is lying before us,
2 Looking away unto our faith’s Princely-leader and perfecter Jesus,—Who in consideration of the joy lying before him Endured a cross, shame despising! And on the right hand of the throne of God hath taken his seat.
3 For take ye into consideration—Him who hath endured such contradiction by sinners against themselves, Lest ye be wearied in your souls becoming exhausted.
4 Not yet unto blood have ye resisted, against sin waging a contest;
5 And ye have quite forgotten the exhortation which indeed with you as with sons doth reason:—My son! be not slighting the discipline of the Lord, Neither be fainting when by him thou art reproved;
6 For whom the Lord loveth he doth discipline, And scourgeth every son whom he doth welcome home.
7 For the sake of discipline persevere! As towards sons God beareth himself towards you; For who is a son whom a father doth not discipline?
8 If however ye are without discipline Whereof all have received a share Then are ye bastards and not sons.
9 Furthermore indeed the fathers of our flesh we used to have as administrators of discipline, And we used to pay deference: Shall we not much rather submit ourselves to the Father of our spirits and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days, according to that which seemed good to them were administering discipline; But he unto that which is profitable with a view to our partaking of his holiness:
11 But no discipline for the present indeed seemeth to be of joy but of sorrow: Afterwards however—To them who thereby have been well trained It yieldeth peaceful fruit of righteousness.
12 Wherefore the slackened hands and paralysed knees restore ye,
13 And straight tracks be making for your feet,—That the lame member may not be dislocated but be healed rather.
14 Peace be pursuing with all, and the obtaining of holiness,—Without which no one shall see the Lord:
15 Using oversight—Lest any one be falling behind from the favour of God,—Lest any root of bitterness springing up above be causing trouble, And through it the many be defiled:
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person like Esau,—Who for the sake of one meal yielded up his own firstborn rights;
17 For ye know that afterwards—When he even wished to inherit the blessing He was rejected; For place of repentance found he none, Even though with tears he diligently sought it.
18 For ye have not approached—Unto a searching and scorching fire, And gloom and mist and tempest,
19 And a trumpet’s peal,—And a sound of things spoken:—From which they who heard excused themselves, Lest there should be added to them a word;
20 For they could not bear that which was being enjoined,—And should a beast be touching the mountain it shall be stoned;
21 And so fearful was that which was showing itself Moses said—I am terrified and do tremble!
22 But ye have approached—Unto Zion’s mountain, And unto the city of a Living God, a heavenly Jerusalem,—And unto myriads of messengers
23 in high festival,—And unto an assembly of firstborn ones enrolled in the heavens,—And unto God judge of all,—And unto the spirits of righteous ones made perfect,—
24 And unto the mediator of a new covenant, Jesus,—And unto the blood of sprinkling more excellently speaking than Abel.
25 Beware lest ye excuse yourselves from him that speaketh; For if they escaped not who excused themselves from him who on earth was warning How much less shall we who from him that warneth from the heavens do turn ourselves away:
26 Whose voice shook the earth then, But now hath he promised saying—Yet once for all I will shake—Not only the earth But also the heaven.
27 But the saying Yet once for all Maketh clear the removal of the things which can be shaken, As of things done with,—That they may remain which cannot be shaken.
28 Wherefore Seeing that of a kingdom not to be shaken we are receiving possession Let us have gratitude—Whereby we may be rendering divine service well-pleasingly unto God with reverence and awe;
29 For even our God is a consuming fire.