Main point summary
We run with endurance looking to Christ, who endured before us that we might not grow weary.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
There were many who came before us. Most of them, did not having so much as we do, yet they testified to the value and worth of God, by their endurance through hardships
let us also lay aside every weight,
In light of these witnesses, throw off every thing that slows us down
and w [ laying aside ] sin which clings so closely,
cast aside every sin that ensnares or tangles our hearts
and x let us run y with endurance the race that is z set before us,
We diligently press forward in faith (Heb 11) striving toward the goal.
looking to Jesus,
We set our eyes, and our hopes firmly on Jesus.
[ who is ] the founder and perfecter of our faith,
He is the start and the completion of all that we are striving towards. We look to him because he is both the object and the example. Ellingsworth "leader and pioneer."
a who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
looking forward to a joy that surpassed the current suffering
despising b the shame,
Rather than being ultimately shamed and despised, Jesus showed contempt to shame itself. He shows him self above shame. He put shame to shame.
and c is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
He was justified and glorified by the Father, being seen as worth to sit at the right hand.
d Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself,
we are think about how Christ, himself, suffered at the hands of evil men who hated him
so that you may not grow weary or e fainthearted.
He, being the pioneer endured that we might hold on and not give up.