Hebrews 1
The greatness of God's Son
1Long ago in many ways and at many times God's prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. 2But now at last, God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will some day belong to the Son. 3God's Son has all the brightness of God's own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together.
After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side#1.3 right side: The place of honour and power. of the glorious God in heaven. 4He had become much greater than the angels, and the name he was given is far greater than any of theirs.
Jesus is greater than angels
5God has never said#Ps 2.7; 2 S 7.14; 1 Ch 17.13.
to any of the angels,
“You are my Son, because today
I have become your Father!”
Neither has God said
to any of them,
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son!”
6When God brings his firstborn Son#1.6 firstborn Son: The first son born into a family had certain privileges that the other children did not have. In 12.23 “firstborn” refers to God's special people. into the world, he commands all his angels to worship him.#Dt 32.43 (LXX).
7And when God speaks about the angels, he says,#Ps 104.4 (LXX).
“I change my angels into wind
and my servants
into flaming fire.”
8But God says about his Son,#Ps 45.6,7.
“You are God,
and you will rule
as King for ever!
Your#1.8 Your: Some manuscripts have “His”. royal power
brings about justice.
9You loved justice
and hated evil,
and so I, your God,
have chosen you.
I appointed you
and made you happier
than any of your friends.”
10The Scriptures also say,#Ps 102.25-27 (LXX).
“In the beginning, Lord,
you were the one
who laid the foundation
of the earth
and created the heavens.
11They will all disappear
and wear out like clothes,
but you will last for ever.
12You will roll them up
like a robe
and change them
like a garment.
But you are always the same,
and you will live for ever.”
13God never said to any#Ps 110.1.
of the angels,
“Sit at my right side
until I make your enemies
into a footstool for you!”
14Angels are merely spirits sent to serve people who are going to be saved.