12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.(A) 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[a](B) so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.(C)

Warning and Encouragement

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone(D) and to be holy;(E) without holiness no one will see the Lord.(F) 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God(G) and that no bitter root(H) grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral,(I) or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.(J) 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears,(K) he could not change what he had done.

The Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;(L) 19 to a trumpet blast(M) or to such a voice speaking words(N) that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,(O) 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”[b](P) 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”[c](Q)

22 But you have come to Mount Zion,(R) to the city(S) of the living God,(T) the heavenly Jerusalem.(U) You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn,(V) whose names are written in heaven.(W) You have come to God, the Judge of all,(X) to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,(Y) 24 to Jesus the mediator(Z) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood(AA) that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.(AB)

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  1. Hebrews 12:13 Prov. 4:26
  2. Hebrews 12:20 Exodus 19:12,13
  3. Hebrews 12:21 See Deut. 9:19.

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