1Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the [c]chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
One chapter of Proverbs per day in January: Proverbs 18
我們既有這許多的見證人，如同雲彩圍著我們，就當放下各樣的重擔，脫去容易纏累我們的罪，存心忍耐，奔那擺在我們前頭的路程， 2 仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂，就輕看羞辱，忍受了十字架的苦難，便坐在神寶座的右邊。 3 那忍受罪人這樣頂撞的，你們要思想，免得疲倦灰心。4 你們與罪惡相爭，還沒有抵擋到流血的地步。 5 你們又忘了那勸你們如同勸兒子的話說：「我兒，你不可輕看主的管教，被他責備的時候也不可灰心。 6 因為主所愛的，他必管教，又鞭打凡所收納的兒子。」 7 你們所忍受的，是神管教你們，待你們如同待兒子。焉有兒子不被父親管教的呢？ 8 管教原是眾子所共受的，你們若不受管教，就是私子，不是兒子了。
9 再者，我們曾有生身的父管教我們，我們尚且敬重他，何況萬靈的父，我們豈不更當順服他得生嗎？ 10 生身的父都是暫隨己意管教我們，唯有萬靈的父管教我們，是要我們得益處，使我們在他的聖潔上有份。 11 凡管教的事，當時不覺得快樂，反覺得愁苦，後來卻為那經練過的人結出平安的果子，就是義。 12 所以，你們要把下垂的手、發痠的腿挺起來， 13 也要為自己的腳把道路修直了，使瘸子不致歪腳，反得痊癒。