The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Hebrews 12:4–13

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In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:

My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly

or faint when you are reproved by Him,

for the Lord disciplines the one He loves

and punishes every son He receives. z a

Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all b receive c—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. d Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? e 10 For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. f 11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace g and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. h

12 Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, i 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated j but healed instead. k

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12:8 = Christians


12:8 * discipline, of which all have become participants


12:13 Or so that the lame will not be turned aside