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Hebrews 2 - Warning to Pay Attention, Exaltation through Abasement

Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4 while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.

Exaltation through Abasement

5 Now God[a] did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6 But someone has testified somewhere,

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them,[b]

or mortals, that you care for them?[c]

7 You have made them for a little while lower[d] than the angels;

you have crowned them with glory and honor,[e]

8 subjecting all things under their feet.”

Now in subjecting all things to them, God[f] left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9 but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower[g] than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God[h] he might taste death for everyone.

10 It was fitting that God,[i] for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.[j] For this reason Jesus[k] is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,[l] 12 saying,

“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,[m]

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again,

“Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[n] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.


a. Hebrews 2:5 Gk he

b. Hebrews 2:6 Gk What is man that you are mindful of him?

c. Hebrews 2:6 Gk or the son of man that you care for him? In the Hebrew of Psalm 8.4–6 both man and son of man refer to all humankind

d. Hebrews 2:7 Or them only a little lower

e. Hebrews 2:7 Other ancient authorities add and set them over the works of your hands

f. Hebrews 2:8 Gk he

g. Hebrews 2:9 Or who was made a little lower

h. Hebrews 2:9 Other ancient authorities read apart from God

i. Hebrews 2:10 Gk he

j. Hebrews 2:11 Gk are all of one

k. Hebrews 2:11 Gk he

l. Hebrews 2:11 Gk brothers

m. Hebrews 2:12 Gk brothers

n. Hebrews 2:17 Gk brothers

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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