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1 Therefore 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,


and the sin

The definite article “the” before “sin” indicates a particular sin. Each of us has a specific sin or sins to which we are vulnerable. It is a sin we frequently commit; it is a special vulnerability to a distinct sin.

which so easily ensnares us,

The word “ensnares” means to ambush or encircle. It also carries the idea of controlling tightly. The idea is that it winds around the body and binds movement. Some sins easily entangle us in their web. The web will tightly control the believer binding him to that sin. Rival attractions will divert the believer’s race from what it could achieve.


There are distinct sins to which every Christian is vulnerable.


Every Christian is subject to certain temptations. He is to be especially on guard against these particular sins. It would be wise to memorize Scripture that pertains to these sins and how to overcome them.