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14 (A)Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, (B)without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone (C)fall short of the grace of God; lest any (D)root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any (E)fornicator or [a]profane person like Esau, (F)who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was (G)rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

The Glorious Company

18 For you have not come [b]to (H)the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and [c]darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it (I)begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: (J)“And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned [d]or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, (K)“I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the [e]general assembly and church of (L)the firstborn (M)who are registered in heaven, to God (N)the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men (O)made perfect, 24 to Jesus (P)the Mediator of the new covenant, and to (Q)the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things (R)than that of Abel.

Hear the Heavenly Voice

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For (S)if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, (T)“Yet once more I [f]shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the (U)removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we [g]may (V)serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For (W)our God is a consuming fire.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 12:16 godless
  2. Hebrews 12:18 NU to that which
  3. Hebrews 12:18 NU gloom
  4. Hebrews 12:20 NU, M omit the rest of v. 20.
  5. Hebrews 12:23 festal gathering
  6. Hebrews 12:26 NU will shake
  7. Hebrews 12:28 M omits may

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