33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, (A)stopped the mouths of lions, 34 (B)quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, (C)became mighty in war, (D)put foreign armies to flight. 35 (E)Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even (F)chains and imprisonment. 37 (G)They were stoned, they were sawn in two,[a] (H)they were killed with the sword. (I)They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—(J)wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, (K)though commended through their faith, (L)did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, (M)that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and (N)sin which clings so closely, and (O)let us run (P)with endurance the race that is (Q)set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, (R)who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising (S)the shame, and (T)is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Do Not Grow Weary

(U)Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or (V)fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

(W)“My son, (X)do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
For (Y)the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. (Z)God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, (AA)in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to (AB)the Father of spirits (AC)and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, (AD)that we may share his holiness. 11 (AE)For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields (AF)the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore (AG)lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and (AH)make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint (AI)but rather be healed.


  1. Hebrews 11:37 Some manuscripts add they were tempted

33 who through faith conquered kingdoms,(A) administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,(B) 34 quenched the fury of the flames,(C) and escaped the edge of the sword;(D) whose weakness was turned to strength;(E) and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.(F) 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.(G) There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging,(H) and even chains and imprisonment.(I) 37 They were put to death by stoning;[a](J) they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword.(K) They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,(L) destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves(M) and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended(N) for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,(O) 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us(P) would they be made perfect.(Q)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run(R) with perseverance(S) the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,(T) the pioneer(U) and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,(V) scorning its shame,(W) and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(X) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary(Y) and lose heart.

God Disciplines His Children

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.(Z) And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart(AA) when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,(AB)
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[b](AC)

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.(AD) For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline(AE)—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits(AF) and live!(AG) 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.(AH) 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace(AI) for those who have been trained by it.

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


  1. Hebrews 11:37 Some early manuscripts stoning; they were put to the test;
  2. Hebrews 12:6 Prov. 3:11,12 (see Septuagint)
  3. Hebrews 12:13 Prov. 4:26