Hebrews 12:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 12:6, NIV: "because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.'"

Hebrews 12:6, ESV: "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”"

Hebrews 12:6, KJV: "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."

Hebrews 12:6, NASB: "FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE PUNISHES EVERY SON WHOM HE ACCEPTS.'"

Hebrews 12:6, NLT: "For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.'"

Hebrews 12:6, CSB: "for the Lord disciplines the one he loves and punishes every son he receives."

What does Hebrews 12:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse closes out a quotation from Proverbs 3:11–12. That passage indicates that a loving father—especially God—takes an active role in the growth of a child (Ephesians 6:4). God purposefully corrects us when we make mistakes, and places us in situations that we can use for spiritual development. As stated in earlier verses, even victorious heroes of the faith were subject to earthly suffering. The greatest example of all was Jesus, who suffered terribly despite being sinless (Hebrews 12:3). And yet, Jesus saw His hardships as part of God's good plan (Hebrews 12:2).

The point being made is that Christians should not respond to persecution or hardships with bitterness or despair. This is especially true if and when our experiences are not as extreme as those others have endured. On the contrary, we should see God's discipline—His "training"—as a sign that He is engaged in our lives and has a plan and purpose for us to fulfill.