Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (NIV)
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (KJV)
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (NASB)
Because all are imperfect and need discipline and training, all true children of God are chastened at one time or another, in one way or another.
MacArthur, John Jr: The MacArthur Study Bible. electronic ed. Nashville : Word Pub., 1997, c1997, S. Heb 12:7
In Roman society an illegitimate son was one who had no inheritance rights. Without enduring discipline (literally, child training), believers are not sons in the sense that they are not like their Father (2:10). Neither do they receive an inheritance or reward (1:14) in the Kingdom.
Radmacher, Earl D. ; Allen, Ronald Barclay ; House, H. Wayne: Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Nashville : T. Nelson Publishers, 1999, S. Heb 12:8
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