1 In many ways and by many means God spoke in ancient times to our ancestors in the prophets; 2 but at the end of these days he spoke to us in a son.
He appointed this son to be heir of all things; through him, in addition, he created the worlds. 3 He is the shining reflection of God’s own glory, the precise expression of his own very being; he sustains all things through his powerful word. He accomplished the cleansing needed for sins, and sat down at the right of the Majesty Supreme. 4 See how much greater he is than the angels: the name he was granted is finer than theirs.
5 For to which angel did God ever say, ‘You are my son, today I became your father’? Or, again, ‘I will be his father, and he will be my son’?
The Messiah Is Superior to Angels
6 Again, when God brings the firstborn son into the world, he says,
Let all God’s angels worship him.
7 In relation to the angels, this is what it says:
God makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.
8 In relation to the son, however, it says,
Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever; the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of your kingdom; 9 you loved justice and hated lawlessness, therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of gladness, as superior to your comrades.
10 And, again:
You established the earth, O Lord, from the beginning; and the heavens are the works of your hands; 11 they will be destroyed, but you will remain; all of them will grow old like clothing, 12 you will roll them up like a cloak, and they will be changed like clothing. But you are the same, and your years will never give out.
13 But to which of the angels did God ever say,
Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a stool for your feet?
14 Must we not say, then, that the angels are all servant spirits, sent to act on behalf of those who are to inherit salvation?
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