Warning Not to Neglect Salvation
1 Because of this, it is all the more necessary that we pay attention to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2For if the word spoken through angels was binding and every transgression and act of disobedience received a just penalty, 3how will we escape if we#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“neglect”) which is understood as conditional neglect so great a salvation which had its beginning when it#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the temporal infinitive (“was spoken”) was spoken through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4while#*Here “while” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“was testifying at the same time”) God was testifying at the same time by signs and wonders and various miracles and distributions of the Holy Spirit according to his will.
The Son’s Humiliation and Suffering
5For he did not subject to angels the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6But someone testified somewhere, saying,
“What is man, that you remember him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
7You made him for a short time lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor;#Several important manuscripts add “and placed him over the works of your hands” to the end of v. 7
8you subjected all things under his feet.#A quotation from Ps 8:4–6
For in subjecting all things,#Some manuscripts have “subjecting all things to him” he left nothing that was not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him, 9but we see Jesus, for a short time made lower than the angels, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that apart from God#Some manuscripts have “so that by the grace of God” he might taste death on behalf of everyone. 10For it was fitting for him for whom are all things and through whom are all things in bringing many sons to glory to perfect the originator of their salvation through sufferings. 11For both the one who sanctifies and the ones who are sanctified are all from one, for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12saying,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the assembly I will sing in praise of you.”#A quotation from Ps 22:22
“I will trust in him.”#A quotation from Isa 8:17
“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”#A quotation from Isa 8:18
14Therefore, since the children share in blood and flesh, he also in like manner shared in these same things, in order that through death he could destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and could set free these who through fear of death were subject to slavery throughout all their lives. 16For surely he is not concerned with angels, but he is concerned with the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he was obligated to be made like his brothers in all respects, in order that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in the things relating to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18For in that which he himself suffered when he#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was tempted”) which is understood as temporal was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.