(The Fifth Warning --
Run the Race and
Do Not Fall Away from Grace
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,
2 1Looking away aunto 2Jesus, the 3bAuthor and 4Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the ccross, despising the dshame, and has 5esat down on the right hand of the fthrone of God.
3 For acompare Him who has endured such bcontradiction by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary, 1fainting in your souls.
4 You have not yet resisted unto blood, struggling against 1sin,
5 And you have completely forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with sons, a"My son, do not regard lightly the 1discipline of the Lord, nor faint when reproved by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He 1adisciplines, and He bscourges every son whom He receives.''
7 It is for 1discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with asons. For what son is there whom the father does not discipline?
8 But if you are without discipline, of which all sons have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had the fathers of our flesh as 1discipliners and we arespected them; shall we not much more be in subjection to the 2bFather of spirits and clive?
10 For they disciplined for a few days as it seemed good to them; but He, for what is profitable that we might partake of His 1aholiness.
11 Now no discipline at the present time seems to be a matter of joy, but of grief; but afterward it yields the 1apeaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised by it.
12 Therefore 1set straight the ahands which hang down and the paralyzed knees,
13 And make astraight 1paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be 2put out of joint but rather may be bhealed.
14 aPursue peace with all men and 1bsanctification, without which no one will see the Lord;
15 Looking carefully lest anyone 1afall away from the bgrace of God; lest any 2croot of bitterness springing up trouble you, and through this many be ddefiled;
16 Lest there be any afornicator or profane person like bEsau, who for one meal gave up his own 1birthright.
17 For you know that also afterward, when he adesired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he found 1no place for repentance, even though he sought it with tears.
18 For you have not come forward to a 1amountain which could be btouched and which was set on cfire, and to ddarkness and egloom and whirlwind,
19 And to the asound of a trumpet and to the bvoice of words, because of which those who heard centreated that no further word be spoken to them;
20 For they could not bear that which was being commanded: a"If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned.''
21 And so fearful was the sight, Moses said, "I am afull of fear and trembling.''
22 But you have come forward to 1Mount aZion and to the 2bcity of the cliving God, the dheavenly Jerusalem; and to emyriads of angels, to the 3universal gathering;
23 And to the achurch of the 1bfirstborn, who have been 2cenrolled in the heavens; and to God, the dJudge of all; and to the spirits of righteous men who have been made perfect;
24 And to Jesus, the aMediator of a 1bnew covenant; and to the 2cblood of dsprinkling, which 3speaks something better than that of eAbel.
25 See that you do not refuse Him who aspeaks, for if those did not bescape who refused Him who warned them upon the earth, much more we shall not cescape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven,
26 Whose voice at that time ashook the earth but now has promised, saying, b"Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.''
27 And this word, "Yet once more,'' shows clearly the aremoval of the things being shaken as being of things having been made, that the things which are not shaken may bremain.
28 Therefore receiving an unshakable 1akingdom, let us 2have bgrace, through which we may cserve God dwell-pleasingly with piety and efear;
29 For our God is also a 1consuming afire.