THE EPISTLE OF THE
2H E B R E W S
Hebrews 12 ©
1 From the examples from the previous chapter, the apostle exhorts the Hebrews to constancy in the Christian hope, and to patience in afflictions. 2 To this end he proposes Christ’s example unto them, Who through suffering entered into His glory. 5 Also the example of all true children, who were not without chastisement of their fathers. 9 Shows them the fruits of chastisements. 12 Afterwards exhorts them to watchfulness of themselves from their sluggishness. 14 And withal to peace and holiness. 15 Warns them against apostasy, and against whoredom and profaneness by the example of Esau. 18 To that end sets also before their eyes the dignity of the assembly in heaven and on earth, whereunto they are come, with an opposition of the terribleness of all things in the giving of the law, 25 Warns them again of apostasy by a place taken out of Hag. 2:7. 28 And exhorts them to hold fast to the grace of God by propounding the punishment which shall come upon apostates.
WHEREFORE seeing we also are 1compassed about with so great 2a cloud of witnesses, leta us lay aside 3every weight, and 4the sin 5which doth so easily beset us, and let us runb6withc patience 7the race that is set before us,
8Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; whod9for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising 10the shame, and 11is set down at the right hand ofe the throne of God.
For consider 12him that endured such 13contradiction 14of sinners against himself, lest ye 15be wearied and faint 16in your minds.
Yef have not yet resisted 17unto blood, striving against 18sin.
19And ye have forgotten the 20exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, Myg son, despise not thou 21the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art 22rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son 23whom he receiveth.
If ye 24endure chastening, God 25dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof 26all are partakers, then are ye 27bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of 28our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto 29the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily 30for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of 31his holiness.
Now no chasteningh for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth 32the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are 33exercised thereby.
34Whereforei lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
And make straight 35paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be 36turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Followj peace 37with all men, and holiness,k without 38which no man shall see 39the Lord:
Lookingl diligently lest any man 40fail of the grace of God; lest 41anym root of bitterness springing up 42troublenyou, and thereby many be 43defiled;
Lesto there be any fornicator, or 44profane person, asp Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his 45birthright.
Forq ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was 46rejected: for he found no place 47of repentance, though he sought 48it carefully with tears.
49For ye are not come untor the 50mount that might be touched, ands that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And the sound of a trumpet, and 51the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreatedt that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
(For they could not 52endure that which was commanded, And ifu so much as a 53beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
And so terrible was the sight, that 54Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
But ye are come unto 55mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, thev heavenly Jerusalem, and 56to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church 57of the firstborn, which are written inw58heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to 59the spirits of just men made 60perfect,
And to Jesus 61the mediator of the new covenant, and to 62the blood ofx sprinkling, that speaketh better things 63than that of Abel.y
Seez that ye refuse not 64him that speaketh. For if they 65escaped not who refused him 66that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from 67him that speaketh from heaven:
68Whose voice then shook 69the earth: but now 70he hath 71promised, saying, Yetaa once more I 72shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things 73that are shaken, as of things 74that are made, that those things 75which cannot be shaken may 76remain.
Wherefore we receiving a 77kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have 78grace, wherebyab we may serve God 79acceptably with 80reverence and godly fear:
Forac our God is 81a consuming fire.