THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth—God is the Father of spirits—To see God, follow peace and holiness—Exalted saints belong to the Church of the Firstborn.
seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the asin
which doth so easily bbeset us,
and let us run with cpatience
the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the aauthor
faith; who for the joy that was set before him cendured
the cross, despising the dshame
, and is set down at the right hand of the ethrone
For consider him that endured such acontradiction
of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, astriving
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:
For whom the Lord loveth he achasteneth
, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye aendure bchastening
, God dealeth with you as with csons
; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
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 aholiness
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the apeaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are bexercised
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the afeeble
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be ahealed
with all men,
, without which no man shall csee
Looking diligently lest any man afail
of the bgrace
of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you,
and thereby many be defiled;
Lest there be
any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his abirthright
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 atears
For ye are not come unto the amount
that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which avoice
they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
(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:
And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
But ye are come unto mount aSion
, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of bangels
To the general assembly and church of the afirstborn
, which are bwritten
in heaven, and to God the cJudge
of all, and to the dspirits
men made perfect,
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they aescaped
not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not
if we turn away from him that speaketh
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I ashake
not the earth only, but also heaven.
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.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with areverence
and godly bfear
For our God is a consuming fire.