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1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 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: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 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 holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 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 tears. 18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (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: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 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. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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1 Cary W = "Not only were we given the First Victor for God, Jesus, but all of His disciples and apostles as living witnesses of the victory to be obtained:  Eternal Life!In addition to a whole cloud of witnesses, we are actually given Jesus own Spirit and Faith as the One who authors and finishes our faith unto victory!"
2 angela h = "If we back up to the last chapter, we can see the writer of Hebrews telling us of many Old Testament believers. He is telling us many of the trials and horrible things they endured  and kept their faith. The amazing thing here is that these "faithful" did not have the resurrected Christ, but they trusted God to make a way for them. The writer is telling us that we have the resurrected Christ and should have a stronger faith that we do. Sin does easily beset us and it is because we invite it in when we take our eyes of our Risen Savior."
3 Vin P = " Throughout the Bible depictions of Jesus Christ include healer, orator, philosopher, and sage, but here he is interestingly referred to as an athlete. There is a “cloud” or swarm “of witnesses” watching Jesus “lay aside every weight” and “run with patience the race.” Writes The HarperCollins Bible Commentary, James L. Mays, General Editor, NY, HarperCollins Publishers, 2000, “Here the race that Christ and the addressees run in a stadium filled with the heroes of the past is a race of faith.”    "
4 Sara Di Diego = "In Greek the word used means "in persevering endurance".  Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/hebrews/hebrews-12.html"
5 angela h = "If we keep our eyes on Jesus while running the race, we wont be so prone to sin. It is Him who saved us and will be coming back for us to live with Him eternally. He endured the cross because He knew many would receive the  gift of salvation and this gives Him joy.  Make no mistake....the cross was a shameful, painful, and cruel sacrifice. The biggest sacrifice Jesus made for you and I is to take on Himself our sin. Be mindful Jesus never sinned and He took our sin, shame, and punishment so that we could be reconciled to God. See Second Corinthians 5:21.After His resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven to sit on the right hand of the father to make intercession for us. See Romans 8:34."
6 angela h = "Again be mindful that Jesus never sinned. He hates sin. We are called here to imagine what Jesus actually has done for us. "
7 angela h = "We are told here that we don't really fight sin. We are half- hearted and that is why sin "so easily besets us" (verse 1). We should put forth more of an effort in the war against sin. We will try to resist once or twice and then say "what's the use?". We are easily wearied in well doing.  See Galatians 6:9. "
8 angela h = "We are like whining children. We continue to do things we know are wrong and then wonder why God isn't blessing us. God will remove His blessings from us if that is what is necessary to bring us back into the fold. He is much more  interested in our spiritual well being than our physical well being."
9 angela h = "if God is punishing you consider it a wonderful thing. He considers you His child. Nothing can beat that!"
10 angela h = "This is a scary place to be! If God isn't working in our lives trying to drag us  away from sin, then we are not His children. "
11 angela h = "We respect our parents for punishing us for wrongdoing. We should think of God's punishment as a gift. He is continually working on us..shaping us into what we were created to be. "
12 angela h = "Our parents punished us to get us to be compliant to them. God punishes us to make us better people...holy like Him."
13 Cary W = "This passage can bring great encouragement to any who seem to be in the midst of corrections and trials and grievances.  Yet it is through these fires that we eventually do yield peace and righteousness.Therefore lift up hands and head and knees and forge on, believing healing is our only goal.  And with that healing comes a heart at peace with all men and holiness, so that we may see the Lord."
14 angela h = "Okay this is easy enough....punishment is not fun, but it is good for us. It is like getting vaccines or going to the dentist; nobody likes it but it is necessary for our well being."
15 angela h = "Stop pouting and Praise God! Get back to what it is we are called to do. Get with the program, learn our lesson, do better, get better."
16 Sara Di Diego = "This is an antithesis of Isaiah 35:3."
17 angela h = "Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God". Matthew 5:9 Jesus said "Blessed are the pure in heart (holy) for they shall see God."Matthew 5:8.The writer here is reflecting on the teachings of Jesus to back up what he is saying."
18 angela h = "Although we have the grace of God, we still at times, ignore it and run after sin anyway. So we must be careful to guard ourselves from sin. See first Peter 5:8."
19 angela h = "It is very easy to let bitterness rob us of the joy of the Lord. There are many types of bitterness in believers. Sometimes we hold grudges when we feel we've been wronged or  we get self righteous when we forget where God has brought us from...etc.  We need to be very careful not to let bitterness interfere with our relationship with God. "
20 angela h = "Chapters 27-28 in Genesis tells of how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, his brother. This birthright would essentially have made him the head of the family (judge and priest of the family) for a bowl of stew. We see there that Esau has no regard for the things of God. Jacob tricks their father Isaac into also giving him the blessing that should have went to Esau, the first born. The blessing was more or less the land, wealth, and material things. Esau begged his father in tears to give him the first born's blessing, which is double of all other male children blessings. "
21 angela h = "Verses 18-21 represent the law. The law condemns. No one but Jesus kept all of the law. Verses 22-24 represent the promise we have in Jesus Christ, the new covenant. If we are in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation. See Romans 8:1."
22 Cary W = "The city of God is real, spoken of all throughout scripture.  His angels are real, as are the adopted citizens of heaven, the redeemed of just men made perfect.All this through the covenant of God in Christ, with the sprinkling of His blood.  Amen."
23 angela h = "The rejection of Jesus as Lord and savior is destruction. "
24 angela h = "This shaking of the earth and heaven is when the heavens and earth pass away and God creates a new heaven and earth. See second Peter 3:10 and Revelation 21:1."
25 angela h = "We see God starting from scratch with the heaven and earth...shaking them to their core to get rid of unnecessary things. He is making a blank canvass. "
26 angela h = "Believers have already inherited heaven so we should show grace in all our doings, remembering what God has done for us. See Colossians 3:23."
27 angela h = "See first Peter 1:7. God will make His children into what they were created to be. Just as impurities are burned from gold and silver, so they are burned from the children of God. God allows trials in our lives so that we get rid of all the extra stuff that interferes with what He is doing."
28 Sara Di Diego = "This is taken from Deuteronomy 4:24. "