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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 2

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1That is why we are bound to pay all the more heed to what we have been told, for fear of drifting from our course. 2For if God's word spoken through angels had such force that any violation of it, or any disobedience, met with its proper penalty, 3what escape can there be for us if we ignore so great a deliverance? This deliverance was first announced through the Lord, and those who heard him confirmed it to us, 4God himself adding his testimony by signs and wonders, by miracles of many kinds, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed at his own will.

5For it is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, which is our theme. 6There is somewhere this solemn assurance:

What is man, that you should remember him, a man, that you should care for him? 7You made him for a short while subordinate to the angels; with glory and honour you crowned him; 8you put everything in subjection beneath his feet.

For in subjecting everything to him, God left nothing that is not made subject. But in fact we do not yet see everything in subjection to man. 9What we do see is Jesus, who for a short while was made subordinate to the angels, crowned now with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that, by God's gracious will a 2:9 so that … will: some witness read so that, apart from God. , he should experience death for all mankind.

10In bringing many sons to glory it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings; 11for he who consecrates and those who are consecrated are all of one stock. That is why he does not shrink from calling men his brothers, 12when he says, ‘I will make your fame known to my brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise you’; 13and again, ‘I will keep my trust fixed on him’; and again, ‘Here am I, and the children whom God has given me.’ 14Since the children share in flesh and blood, he too shared in them, so that by dying he might break the power of him who had death at his command, that is, the devil, 15and might liberate those who all their life had been in servitude through fear of death. 16Clearly they are not angels whom he helps, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every way, so that he might be merciful and faithful as their high priest before God, to make expiation for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself has passed through the test of suffering, he is able to help those who are in the midst of their test.

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a 2:9 so that … will: some witness read so that, apart from God.

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