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Hebrews 12 : We must not refuse to do what God says

v14 Do everything that you can to live without trouble or quarrels between you and anyone else. Also, do everything that you can to live a completely good life for God. Nobody will see the *Lord unless their life is good like that. v15 Be careful that nobody among you turns away from God. Nobody should refuse to receive from God, who is so very kind. Be careful that nobody becomes angry against God. A person like that can cause trouble among you, because they are like poison to other peopleís lives. A person like that can lead many other people away from God.

v16 Be careful that nobody among you has sex with someone other than their wife or their husband. And watch that nobody is careless about Godís rules, like Esau. He gave away everything that he would have received as his fatherís first son. He gave it all away so that he could get only one meal. v17 And later, as you know, he still wanted to receive those good things from his father. He wanted his father to ask God for good things for him. But that was impossible. Esau cried when he asked his father for those good things. But he could find no way to change things. Esau could not change what he had done.

Verses 16-17 Esau was Isaacís first son. The oldest son in a family was very important. He received the biggest part of his fatherís land and money when his father died. Also, the father asked God to give special, good things to that son. (See Genesis 25:29-34 and 27:30-41.)

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