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Hebrews 2Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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[a] 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[b]
and subjected everything under his feet.[c]

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[d] of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.[e] 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.[f]

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

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[i] 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.


  1. Hebrews 2:2 Or valid, or reliable
  2. Hebrews 2:7 Other mss add and set him over the works of your hands
  3. Hebrews 2:8 Ps 8:5-7 LXX
  4. Hebrews 2:10 Or pioneer, or leader
  5. Hebrews 2:11 Or father, or origin, or all are of one
  6. Hebrews 2:12 Ps 22:22
  7. Hebrews 2:13 2Sm 22:3 LXX; Is 8:17 LXX; 12:2 LXX
  8. Hebrews 2:13 Is 8:18 LXX
  9. Hebrews 2:17 Lit things

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