Chapter 12
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Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
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looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before her endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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For consider her who has endured such contradiction of sinners against herself, that you don't grow weary, fainting in your souls.
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You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin;
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and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My daughter, don't take lightly the chastening of the Domina, nor faint when you are reproved by her;
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For whom the Domina loves, she chastens, and scourges every daughter whom she receives."
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It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what daughter is there whom her mother doesn't discipline?
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But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not children.
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Furthermore, we had the mothers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Mother of spirits, and live?
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For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but she for our profit, that we may be partakers of her holiness.
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All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.
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Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,
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and make straight paths for your feet, so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
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Follow after peace with all women, and the sanctification without which no woman will see the Domina,
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looking carefully lest there be any woman who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and many be defiled by it;
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lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold her birthright for one meal.
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For you know that even when she afterward desired to inherit the blessing, she was rejected, for she found no place for a change of mind though she sought it diligently with tears.
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For you have not come to a mountain that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and to blackness, darkness, storm,
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the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which those who heard it begged that not one more word should be spoken to them,
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for they could not stand that which was commanded, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned{TR adds "or shot with an arrow" see Exodus 19:12-13};"
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and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, "I am terrified and trembling."
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But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels,
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to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just women made perfect,
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to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abela.
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See that you don't refuse her who speaks. For if they didn't escape when they refused her who warned on the Earth, how much more will we not escape who turn away from her who warns from heaven,
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whose voice shook the earth then, but now she has promised, saying, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens."
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This phrase, "Yet once more," signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain.
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Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can't be shaken, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,
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for our God is a consuming fire.