EPISTLE Hebrews 12:4–24

EPISTLE Hebrews 12:4–24
4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point
of shedding your blood. 5And have you forgotten the exhortation
that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as
sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8If
you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then
you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Besides this, we have
had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall
we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10For
they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but
he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11For
the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but
later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have
been trained by it.
12Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak
knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame
may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14Strive for peace
with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see
the Lord. 15See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God;
that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it
many become defiled; 16that no one is sexually immoral or unholy
like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17For you know
that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was
rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it
with tears.
18For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire
and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19and the sound of a
trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no
further messages be spoken to them. 20For they could not endure
the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it
shall be stoned.” 21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses
said, “I tremble with fear.” 22But you have come to Mount Zion and
to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to
innumerable angels in festal gathering,
233and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven,
and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous
made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and
to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of
Abel.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.