We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.12
For if the message spoken2 by angels3 was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,43
how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?5 This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord,6 was confirmed to us by those who heard him.74
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles,8 and gifts of the Holy Spirit9 distributed according to his will.10
It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.
But there is a place where someone11 has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?127
You made him a littlea lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor
and put everything under his feet."b13 In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor14 because he suffered death,15 so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.1610
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists,17 should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.1811
Both the one who makes men holy19 and those who are made holy20 are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.2112
He says, "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises."c2213
And again, "I will put my trust in him."d23 And again he says, "Here am I, and the children God has given me."e2414
Since the children have flesh and blood,25 he too shared in their humanity26 so that by his death he might destroy27 him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil28--
and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear29 of death.
For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants.3017
For this reason he had to be made like his brothers31 in every way, in order that he might become a merciful32 and faithful high priest33 in service to God,34 and that he might make atonement forf the sins of the people.3518
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.36