1 For this reason, as we are circled by so great a cloud of witnesses, putting off every weight, and the sin into which we come so readily, let us keep on running in the way which is marked out for us,
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also (A)lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us (B)run with (C)endurance the race that is set before us,
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
1 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses(A) surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance(B) the race that lies before us,
1 Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us,
2 Having our eyes fixed on Jesus, the guide and end of our faith, who went through the pains of the cross, not caring for the shame, because of the joy which was before him, and who has now taken his place at the right hand of God's seat of power.
2 (a)fixing our eyes on Jesus, the (b)(D)author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him (E)endured the cross, (F)despising the shame, and has (G)sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2 keeping our eyes on Jesus,(a) the source and perfecter(b) of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him(c) endured a cross and despised the shame(C) and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.
2 fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Give thought to him who has undergone so much of the hate of sinners against himself, so that you may not be tired and feeble of purpose.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
3 Think about the one who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you may not become tired and give up.
4 Till now you have not given your blood in your fight against sin:
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And you have not kept in mind the word which says to you as to sons, My son, do not make little of the Lord's punishment, and do not give up hope when you are judged by him;
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightlyor faint when you are reproved by Him,
5 You have forgotten the encouragement that is addressed to you as sons: "My son, do not think lightly of the Lord's discipline or give up when you are corrected by him.
6 For the Lord sends punishment on his loved ones; everyone whom he takes as his son has experience of his rod.
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he punishes every son he accepts."
7 It is for your training that you undergo these things; God is acting to you as a father does to his sons; for what son does not have punishment from his father?
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?
7 What you endure disciplines you: God is treating you as sons. Is there a son whom his father does not discipline?
8 But if you have not that punishment of which we all have our part, then you are not true sons, but children of shame.
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
8 Now if you are without any discipline, in which all sons share, then you are illegitimate and not God's sons.
9 And again, if the fathers of our flesh gave us punishment and had our respect, how much more will we be under the authority of the Father of spirits, and have life?
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. We should submit even more to the Father of our spirits and live, shouldn't we?
10 For they truly gave us punishment for a short time, as it seemed good to them; but he does it for our profit, so that we may become holy as he is.
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
10 For a short time they disciplined us as they thought best, but God does it for our good, so that we may share in his holiness.
11 At the time all punishment seems to be pain and not joy: but after, those who have been trained by it get from it the peace-giving fruit of righteousness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, for those who have been trained by it, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.
12 For this cause let the hands which are hanging down be lifted up, and let the feeble knees be made strong,
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
12 Therefore, strengthen your tired arms and your weak knees,
13 And make straight roads for your feet, so that the feeble may not be turned out of the way, but may be made strong.
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
13 and straighten the paths of your life, so that your lameness may not become worse, but instead may be healed.
14 Let your desire be for peace with all men, and to be made holy, without which no man may see the Lord;
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
14 Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
15 Looking with care to see that no man among you in his behaviour comes short of the grace of God; for fear that some bitter root may come up to be a trouble to you, and that some of you may be made unclean by it;
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and causes you trouble, or many of you will become defiled.
16 And that there may not be any evil liver, or any man without respect for God, like Esau, who let his birthright go for a plate of food.
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
16 No one should be immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.
17 For you have knowledge that even long after, when he was desiring the blessing for his heritage, he was turned away, though he made his request frequently and with weeping; because the past might not be changed.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
17 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he could not find any opportunity to repent, even though he begged to repent with tears.
18 You have not come to a mountain which may be touched, and is burning with fire, and to a black cloud, and a dark smoke, and a violent wind,
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
18 For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm,
18 You have not come to something that can be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, to gloom,
19 And to the sound of a horn, and the voice of words, the hearers of which made request that not a word more might be said to them:
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
19 to the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words. (Those who heard it begged that not another word be spoken to them,
19 to a trumpet's blast, or to a voice that made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.
20 For the order which said, If the mountain is touched even by a beast, the beast is to be stoned, seemed hard to them;
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
20 For they could not endure the command that was given: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death."
21 And the vision was so overpowering that even Moses said, I am shaking and full of fear.
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
21 Indeed, the sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
22 But you have come to the mountain of Zion, to the place of the living God, to the Jerusalem which is in heaven, and to an army of angels which may not be numbered,
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to tens of thousands of angels joyfully gathered together,
23 To the great meeting and church of the first of those who are named in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of good men made complete,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
23 to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to a judge who is the God of all, to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect,
24 And to Jesus by whom the new agreement has been made between God and man, and to the sign of the blood which says better things than Abel's blood.
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel's.
25 See that you give ear to his voice which comes to you. For if those whose ears were shut to the voice which came to them on earth did not go free from punishment, what chance have we of going free if we give no attention to him whose voice comes from heaven?
25 (BD)See to it that you do not refuse Him who is (BE)speaking. For (BF)if those did not escape when they (BG)refused him who (BH)warned them on earth, (i)much less will we escape who turn away from Him who (BI)warns from heaven.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
25 Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven.(Z)
25 See to it that you do not ignore the one who is speaking. For if the hearers did not escape when they ignored the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we turn away from the one who is from heaven!
26 Whose voice was the cause of the shaking of the earth; but now he has made an oath, saying, There will be still one more shaking, not only of the earth, but of heaven.
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven."
27 And the words, Still one more, make it clear that there will be a taking away of those things which are shaking, as of things which are made, so that there may be only those things of which no shaking is possible.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
27 The expression "once more" signifies the removal of what can be shaken, that is, what he has made, so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28 If then, we have a kingdom which will never be moved, let us have grace, so that we may give God such worship as is pleasing to him with fear and respect:
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him.
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