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Hebrews 1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Nature of the Son

Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe[a] through Him. The Son is the radiance[b] of God’s glory and the exact expression[c] of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins,[d] He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.[e] So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father,[f][g] or again, I will be His Father, and He will be My Son?[h] When He again[i] brings His firstborn into the world, He says, And all God’s angels must worship Him.[j] And about the angels He says:

He makes His angels winds,[k]
and His servants[l] a fiery flame,[m]

but to[n] the Son:

Your throne, God,
is forever and ever,
and the scepter of Your kingdom
is a scepter of justice.
You have loved righteousness
and hated lawlessness;
this is why God, Your God,
has anointed You
with the oil of joy
rather than Your companions.[o][p]

10 And:

In the beginning, Lord,
You established the earth,
and the heavens are the works of Your hands;
11 they will perish, but You remain.
They will all wear out like clothing;
12 You will roll them up like a cloak,[q]
and they will be changed like a robe.
But You are the same,
and Your years will never end.[r]

13 Now to which of the angels has He ever said:

Sit at My right hand
until I make Your enemies Your footstool?[s][t]

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?

Warning against Neglect

We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding[u] and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. At the same time, God also testified by signs and wonders, various miracles, and distributions of gifts from the Holy Spirit according to His will.

Jesus and Humanity

For He has not subjected to angels the world to come that we are talking about. But one has somewhere testified:

What is man that You remember him,
or the son of man that You care for him?
You made him lower than the angels
for a short time;
You crowned him with glory and honor[v]
and subjected everything under his feet.[w]

For in subjecting everything to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. As it is, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering in death.

10 For in bringing many sons to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God—all things exist for Him and through Him—should make the source[x] of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.[y] That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying:

I will proclaim Your name to My brothers;
I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.[z]

13 Again, I will trust in Him.[aa] And again, Here I am with the children God gave Me.[ab]

14 Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil 15 and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring. 17 Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service[ac] to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 1:2 Lit ages
  2. Hebrews 1:3 Or reflection
  3. Hebrews 1:3 Or representation, or copy, or reproduction
  4. Hebrews 1:3 Other mss read for our sins by Himself
  5. Hebrews 1:3 Or He sat down on high at the right hand of the Majesty
  6. Hebrews 1:5 Or have begotten You
  7. Hebrews 1:5 Ps 2:7
  8. Hebrews 1:5 2Sm 7:14; 1Ch 17:13
  9. Hebrews 1:6 Or And again, when He
  10. Hebrews 1:6 Dt 32:43 LXX; Ps 97:7
  11. Hebrews 1:7 Or spirits
  12. Hebrews 1:7 Or ministers
  13. Hebrews 1:7 Ps 104:4
  14. Hebrews 1:8 Or about
  15. Hebrews 1:9 Or associates
  16. Hebrews 1:9 Ps 45:6-7
  17. Hebrews 1:12 Other mss omit like a cloak
  18. Hebrews 1:12 Ps 102:25-27
  19. Hebrews 1:13 Or enemies a footstool for Your feet
  20. Hebrews 1:13 Ps 110:1
  21. Hebrews 2:2 Or valid, or reliable
  22. Hebrews 2:7 Other mss add and set him over the works of your hands
  23. Hebrews 2:8 Ps 8:5-7 LXX
  24. Hebrews 2:10 Or pioneer, or leader
  25. Hebrews 2:11 Or father, or origin, or all are of one
  26. Hebrews 2:12 Ps 22:22
  27. Hebrews 2:13 2Sm 22:3 LXX; Is 8:17 LXX; 12:2 LXX
  28. Hebrews 2:13 Is 8:18 LXX
  29. Hebrews 2:17 Lit things

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