Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 12

CHAPTER XII.

Exhortation to constancy under their crosses. The danger of abusing the grace of the new testament.

1 And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over us, *laying aside every weight and the sin which surroundeth us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:

2 Looking on Jesus the author and finisher of faith, who having joy proposed to him, underwent the cross, despising the shame, and sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For reflect upon him who endured such opposition from sinners against himself: that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds,

4 For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:

5 And you have forgotten the consolation which speaketh to you, as to children, saying: *My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord: neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him.

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chastiseth: and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 Persevere in discipline. God offered himself to you as to sons: for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct?

8 But if you be without discipline, whereof all are made partakers: then are you bastards, and not sons.

9 Moreover we have had indeed for instructor, the fathers of our flesh, and we reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits and live?

10 And they indeed for a few days instructed us according to their own will: but he, for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now all discipline for the present indeed seemeth to bring not joy, but sorrow: but afterwards it will yield to them that are exercised by it, the most peaceable fruit of justice.

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

13 And make straight steps with your feet: that no one halting may go astray, but rather be healed.

14 *Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see God:

15 Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder, and by it many be defiled.

16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, *as Esau: who for one mess sold his first birth-right:

17 For know ye that *afterwards when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, although with tears he had sought it.

18 *For you are not come to a mountain that might be touched, and a burning fire, and a whirlwind, and darkness, and tempest,

19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which they that heard excused themselves, that the word might not be spoken to them.

20 For they did not endure that which was said: *And if a beast shall touch the mountain, it shall be stoned.

21 And so terrible was that which was seen, Moses said: I am frightened, and tremble.

22 But you are come to Mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of Angels,

23 And to the church of the first-born, who are written in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect,

24 And to Jesus, the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel.

25 See that you refuse not him who speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke upon the earth: much less we, who turn away from him that speaketh to us from heaven.

26 Whose voice then moved the earth: but now he promiseth, saying: *Yet once: and I will move not only the earth, but heaven also.

27 And in that he saith: Yet once: he signifieth the translation of the moveable things, as of the things that are made, that those things may remain which are immoveable.

28 Wherefore receiving an immoveable kingdom, we have grace: whereby let us serve, pleasing God with fear and reverence.

29 *For our God is a consuming fire.

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1: Romans vi. 4.; Ephesians iv. 22.; Colossians iii. 8.; 1 Peter ii. 1. and iv. 2.

5: Proverbs iii. 11.; Apocalypse iii. 19.

14: Romans xii. 18.

16: Genesis xxv. 33.

17: Genesis xxvii. 38.

18: Exodus xix. 12. and xx. 21.

20: Exodus xix. 13.

26: Aggeus ii. 7.

29: Deuteronomy iv. 24.