1So we should pay even closer attention to what we've learned so we don't drift away from it. 2If the message the angels brought was trustworthy, and every sin and disobedient act brings its own consequence,#2:2. Literally, “receives its reward.” 3how will we escape if we don't pay attention to this great salvation that the Lord first announced, and then we had confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4God also testified through signs and miracles, by acts that show his power, and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, given as he chose.
5It's not angels who will be in charge of the world to come that we're talking about. 6But as it's been said, “What are human beings that you should worry about them? What is a son of man#2:6. “Son of man”: in normal use means just a human being; however Jesus applied this generic term to himself. that you should care about him? 7You set him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and placed him over all your creation.#2:7. Instead of just referring to humanity, this can also refer to Jesus: “You made him less than the angels for a while, and then you crowned him with glory and honor.” The whole passage can be seen in this dual way, referring to Jesus as the son of man, both representative and Savior of humanity. 8You gave him authority over everything.”#2:8. Again this can apply to humanity, God giving authority over the creatures as mentioned in Genesis 1, or it can apply to the authority of Jesus as Lord. Nothing was left out when God gave him authority over everything. However we see that not everything is subject to his authority yet.
9But we see Jesus, placed a little lower than the angels, through the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor. Through God's grace Jesus experienced death for everyone.
10It was appropriate that God, who creates and maintains everything, should bring many of his children to glory, and to completely prepare through suffering the one who leads them to salvation. 11For both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy belong to the same family.#2:11. Literally, “all from one.” That's why he doesn't hesitate to call them “brothers,” 12saying “I will announce your name to my brothers; I will praise you among your people when they meet together.”#2:12. “Meet together”: the word is “ecclesia” which eventually came to mean “church.” 13Also: “I will place my trust in him,” and “Here I am, together with the children God has given to me.”
14Because the children share flesh and blood in common, he shared in this in the same way so that through death he could destroy the one that had the power of death—the devil— 15and free everyone who through fear of death were enslaved all their lives.
16Of course it's not angels he's concerned about; he's concerned to help the children of Abraham. 17That's why it was necessary for him to become like his brothers in everything, so that he could become a merciful and trustworthy high priest in the things of God, to forgive his people's sins. 18Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.