1Therefore, seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2and let us look to Yeshua, who is the beginning and the perfecter of our Emunah, and who, because of the joy which was in front of Him, endured the stake, suffered shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of Elohim. 3See, therefore, how much He has suffered from the hands of sinners, from those who were enemies of their own souls, lest you become weary and faint in your soul.
4You have not yet come to the point of bloodshed in your striving against sin. 5And you have forgotten the teaching which has been told to you as to children, “My son, despise not the chastening of יהוה , do not let your soul faint when you are rebuked of Him, 6for whom יהוה loves, He chastens, and He disciplines the son with whom He is pleased.” 7Now, therefore, endure discipline, because Elohim acts toward you as toward sons; for where is the son whom the father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, that very discipline by which every man is trained, then you are strangers, and not sons. 9Furthermore, if our fathers of the flesh corrected us, and we respected them, how much more then should we willingly be under subjection to our spiritual fathers, and live? 10For they only for a short while disciplined us as seemed good to them; but Elohim corrects us for our advantage, that we might become partakers of His Kedushah. 11No discipline, at the time, is expected to be a thing of joy, but of sorrow; but in the end it produces the fruits of shalom and tzedaka to those who are trained by it. 12Therefore, strengthen your feeble hands and your failing knees, 13and make straight the paths for your feet, so that the member which is lame may not suffer, but be healed. 14Follow after shalom with all men, and kedushah, without which no man shall see Adoneinu. 15Take heed, lest any man among you be found short of the compassion of Elohim, or lest any root of bitterness spring forth and harm you, and thereby many be defiled, 16or lest any man among you be found immoral and weak like Esav, who sold his birthright for a morsel of meat. 17For you know that afterward when he wished to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, and he had no chance of recovery, even though he sought it with tears.
18For you have yet neither come near the roaring fire, nor the darkness, nor the storm, nor the tempest, 19nor to the sound of the shofar and the voice of D’varim, which voice they heard, but refused, so that Elohim would not speak any more. 20For they could not survive that which was commanded, for if even a beast drew near the mountain, it would be stoned. 21And so terrible was the sight that Moshe said, “I fear and quake.” 22But you have come near to Har Tzion, and to the city of the living Elohim, the heavenly Yerushalayim, and to the innumerable multitude of Malakhim, 23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are inscribed in heaven, and to Elohim, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the Tzadikim made perfect, 24and to Yeshua, the mediator of the Brit Khadashah, and to the sprinkling of His blood, which speaks a better message than Hevel did. 25Beware, therefore, lest you refuse Him who speaks to you. For if they were not delivered who refused Him who spoke with them on earth, much more we cannot escape, if we refuse Him who speaks to us from heaven. 26He is the One whose voice shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Once more I will shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27And these words, “Once more,” signify the transformation of things which may be shaken, because they are made in order that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore, receiving a Malkhut which cannot be shaken, let us hold fast to that compassion whereby we may serve and please Elohim with reverence and fear. 29For our Elohim is a consuming fire.
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