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1 So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. 1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
2 The message God delivered through angels has always proved true, and the people were punished for every violation of the law and every act of disobedience. 2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,
3 What makes us think that we can escape if we are indifferent to this great salvation that was announced by the Lord Jesus himself? It was passed on to us by those who heard him speak, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
4 and God verified the message by signs and wonders and various miracles and by giving gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose to do so. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
5 And furthermore, the future world we are talking about will not be controlled by angels. 5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.
6 For somewhere in the Scriptures it says, "What is man that you should think of him, and the son of man that you should care for him? 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
7 For a little while you made him lower than the angels, and you crowned him with glory and honor. 7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor
8 You gave him authority over all things." Now when it says "all things," it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all of this happen. 8 and put everything under his feet." 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.
9 What we do see is Jesus, who "for a little while was made lower than the angels" and now is "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death for us. Yes, by God's grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 And it was only right that God -- who made everything and for whom everything was made -- should bring his many children into glory. Through the suffering of Jesus, God made him a perfect leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation. 10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. 11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
12 For he said to God, "I will declare the wonder of your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among all your people." 12 He says, "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises."
13 He also said, "I will put my trust in him." And in the same context he said, "Here I am -- together with the children God has given me." 13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again he says, "Here am I, and the children God has given me."
14 Because God's children are human beings -- made of flesh and blood -- Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil--
15 Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
16 We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants.
17 Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.