New Heart English Bible
1Therefore 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, 2looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3For consider him who has endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you do not grow weary in your souls and lose heart.
4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your struggle against sin;
5and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My son, do not take lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose heart when you are corrected by him.
6For whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and punishes every son he accepts."
7If you are enduring discipline, God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then you are illegitimate, and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we paid them respect. Should we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they indeed, for a few days, disciplined us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. 11All discipline seems for the moment painful, not joyful; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.
14Pursue peace with everyone, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord, 15looking carefully lest there be anyone who falls short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16that there be no sexually immoral or profane person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for one meal. 17For you know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for a change of mind though he sought it diligently with tears.
18For you have not come to something that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and darkness, gloom, and storm, 19the 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, 20for they could not stand that which was commanded, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned;" 21and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, "I am terrified and trembling." 22But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, 23to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, 24to Jesus, the mediator of a New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.
25See that you do not refuse him who speaks. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned on the earth, how much more will we not escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven, 26whose voice shook the earth then, but now he has promised, saying, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens." 27This 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. 28So since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, through which we may offer service pleasing to God, with reverence and awe, 29for our God is a consuming fire.