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Hebrews 12:1-3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

12 As for us, we have all of these great witnesses[a] who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us[b] and the sin we so easily fall into.[c] Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race[d] with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.[e]

We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.[f] His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his,[g] he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation,[h] and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls,[i] so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 12:1 Or “martyrs.”
  2. Hebrews 12:1 Or “get rid of every arrow tip in us.” The implication is carrying an arrow tip inside, a wound that weighs us down and keeps us from running our race with freedom.
  3. Hebrews 12:1 Or “the sin that so cleverly entangles us.” The Aramaic can be translated “the sin that is ready [and waiting] for us.” If this is speaking of one sin, the context would point to the sin of unbelief and doubting God’s promises.
  4. Hebrews 12:1 Or “obstacle course.” The Greek word agona means agony or conflict. The assumption is this race will not be easy, but the proper path to run has been set before us.
  5. Hebrews 12:1 The Aramaic can be translated “the race [personally] appointed to us.” God has a destiny for each of us that we are to give ourselves fully to reach.
  6. Hebrews 12:2 Or “He is the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
  7. Hebrews 12:2 This was the joy of our salvation. He placed before his eyes the bliss we would forever share together with him, which empowered him to go through his agony.
  8. Hebrews 12:2 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “thinking nothing of its shame.”
  9. Hebrews 12:3 Or “those who were their own stumbling block.” As translated from the Aramaic.
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