Fatherly Discipline

For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.(A) In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:

My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or lose heart when you are reproved by him,
for the Lord disciplines the one he loves
and punishes every son he receives.[a](B)

Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all receive[b]—then you are illegitimate children and not sons.(C) Furthermore, we had human fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live?(D) 10 For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but he does it for our benefit, so that we can share his holiness.(E) 11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the peaceful fruit(F) of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.(G)

12 Therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,(H) 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated[c] but healed instead.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. 12:6 Pr 3:11–12
  2. 12:8 Lit discipline, of which all have become participants
  3. 12:13 Or so that the lame will not be turned aside

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