By the foresaid examples he exhorteth them to patience, and by example of Christ himself
crucified, 5. and because this discipline is an argument that they be God's children, 9. with
whose red they should be much more content then with that of their carnal Fathers: and because it
bringeth iustification. 12. Exhorting them therfore to plucke vp their harts, and to take faster
footing: 18. considering that al being now so sweet, and not terrible as in the old Testament, their
damnation, if they refuse to heare, wil be so much the greater.
1. AND therfore we also hauing so great a cloud of witnesses put vpon vs: laying away al weight and sinne that compasseth vs, by patience let vs run to the fight proposed vnto vs,
2. looking on the author of faith, and the consummatour Iesvs, who, ioy being proposed vnto him, sustained the Crosse, contemning confusion, and sitteth on the right hand of the seat of God.
3. For, thinke diligently vpon him which sustained of sinners such contradiction against himself: that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds.
4. For you haue not yet resisted vnto bloud, repugning against sinne:
5. and you haue forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to you, as it were to children, saying, My sonne neglect not the discipline of our Lord: neither be thou wearied whiles thou art rebuked of him.
6. For whom our Lord loueth, he chasteneth; & he scourgeth euery child that he receiueth.
7. Perseuer ye in discipline. As vnto children doth God offer himself to you. For what sonne is there, whom the father doth not correct?
8. But if you be without discipline, whereof al be made partakers; then are you bastards, and not children.
9. Moreouer the fathers indeed of our flesh we had for instructours, and we did reuerence them: shal we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and liue?
10. And they indeed for a time of few daies, according to their wil instructed vs: but he, to that which is profitable in receiuing of his sanctification.
11. And al discipline for the present certes seemeth not to be of ioy, but of sorrow: but afterward it wil render to them that are exercised by it, most peaceable fruit of iustice.
12. For the which cause stretch vp the slacked hands & the loose knees
13. and make straight steps to your feet: that no man halting erre, but rather be healed.
14. Follow peace with al men, and holinesse: without which no man shal see God:
15. looking diligently lest any man be wanting the grace of God: lest any root of bitternes springing vp doe hinder and by it many be polluted.
16. Lest there by any fornicatour or prophane person as Esau: who for one dish of meat sold his first-birth-rights.
17. For know ye that afterward also desiring to inherit the benediction, he was reprobated: for he found not place of repentance, although with teares he had sought it.
18. For you are not come to a palpable mount, and an accessible fire and whirle-wind, and darkenes, and storme,
19. and the sound of trompet, and voice of words, which they that heard excused themselues, that the word might not be spoken to them,
20. (for they did not beare that which was said: And if a beast shal touch the mount, it shal be stoned.
21. And so terrible was it which was seen, Moyses said: I am frighted and tremble.)
22. But your are come to mount Sion, and the citie of the liuing God, heauenly Hierusalem, and the assemblie of many thousand Angels,
23. & the Church of the first-borne, which are written in the Heauens, and the iugde of al, God: and the spirits of the iust made perfect,
24. and the mediatour of the new Testament Iesvs, and the sprinkling of bloud speaking better then Abel.
25. See that you refuse him not speaking. For if they escaped not refusing him that spake vpon the earth, much more we, that turne away from him speaking to vs from Heauen.
26. Whose voice moued the earth then: but now he promiseth, saying, Yet once; and I wil moue not only the earth, but heauen also.
27. And in that he saieth, Yet once, he declareth the translation of moueable things as being made, that those things may remaine which are vnmoueable.
28. Therfore receiuing an vnmoueable Kingdom, we haue grace: by the which let vs serue pleasing God, with feare & reuerence.
29. For our God is a consuming fire.