Hebrews 2 ESV

Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

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      2 For since 1the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and 2every transgression or disobedience received a just 3retribution,

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      3 4how shall we escape if we 5neglect such a great salvation? It was 6declared at first by the Lord, and it was 7attested to us 8by those who heard,

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      4 9while God also bore witness 10by signs and wonders and various miracles and by 11gifts of the Holy Spirit 12distributed according to his will.

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          The Founder of Salvation

          5 Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world 13to come, of which we are speaking.

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          6 It has been testified somewhere, 14"What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?

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              7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,a

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                • b 2:7 - Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands
                  8 putting everything in subjection under his feet."Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, 15we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

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                  9 But we see him 16who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, 17crowned with glory and honor 18because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might 19taste death 20for everyone.

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                  10 For it 21was fitting that he, 22for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons 23to glory, should make the 24founder of their salvation 25perfect through suffering.

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                  11 For 26he who sanctifies and 27those who are sanctified 28all have one source.b That is why he is not ashamed to call them 29brothers,c

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                    • c 2:11 - Greek all are of one
                    • d 2:11 - Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated "brothers") refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God's family, the church; also verse 12
                      12 saying, 30"I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the 31congregation I will sing your praise."

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                      13 And again, 32"I will put my trust in him."And again, 33"Behold, I and the children 34God has given me."

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                          14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise 35partook of the same things, that 36through death he might 37destroy 38the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

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                          15 and deliver all those who 39through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

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                          16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he 40helps the offspring of Abraham.

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                          17 Therefore he had 41to be made like his brothers in every respect, 42so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest 43in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

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                          18 For because he himself has suffered 44when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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