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Hebrews 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:1 - Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:2 - For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:3 - how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:4 - while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

The Founder of Salvation

(cf. Psa 8:1–9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:5 - For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:6 - It has been testified somewhere,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:7 - You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:8 - putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:9 - But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:10 - For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:11 - For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.[fn] That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:12 - saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:13 - And again,
“I will put my trust in him.” And again,
“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:14 - Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:15 - and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:16 - For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:17 - Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:18 - For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands
Greek all are of one
Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 12

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