1 Therefore let us also, having so great a 1acloud of 2witnesses surrounding us, put away every 3encumbrance and the 4bsin which so easily entangles us and crun with dendurance the 5race which is set before us,
14 Sin here refers mainly to the thing that entangles us and prevents us from running the race, just as the willful sin mentioned in 10:26 would have kept the Hebrew believers away from the new covenant way in God's economy. (See note 261 in ch. 10.) Both the encumbering weight and the entangling sin would have frustrated the Hebrew believers and restrained them from running the heavenly race in the new covenant way of following Jesus, who was rejected by Judaism.