Do Not Neglect Salvation
1Therefore we must give 2:1 all the more careful attentionthe more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
2For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just 2:2 retribution or penaltyreward,
3how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
4God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts2:4 distributions of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
The Son Made Lower than Angels
(cf. Ps. 8:1–9)
5For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
6But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7You have made him 2:7 Or for a little whilea little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
2:7 NU, M omit the rest of v. 7.And set him over the works of Your hands.
8You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
9But we see Jesus, who was made 2:9 Or for a little whilea little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
Bringing Many Sons to Glory
10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11For both He who 2:11 sets apartsanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”
“I will put My trust in Him.”
“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”
14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16For indeed He does not 2:16 Or take on the nature ofgive aid to angels, but He does 2:16 Or take ongive aid to the seed of Abraham.
17Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18For in that He Himself has suffered, being 2:18 testedtempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
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