1 On account of this we ought to give (more abundantly) the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest haply we should let glide away.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast (see Rom. 4:16), and every transgression (see Rom. 2:23) and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 How shall we escape, neglecting so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (Gr. Kurios, corresponds with Heb. Yehovah), and was confirmed to us by them that heard Him;
4 God also bearing them witness with, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and distributions of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will?
B C 5,6. God's purpose. D 7-8-. Man's equipment for dominion. E -8. 1st Adam's failure. C 9-. Purpose fulfilled in Lord Jesus. D -9-18. His fitness for dominion.
5 For not to angels did He subject the world to come, concerning which we speak.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, "What is man, that You are mindful of him? or the Son of Man that You visit Him?
7 You made Him for a little while lower than angels; You crowned Him with glory and honor, and didst set Him over the works of Your hands: (Cited from Ps. 8:4-6.)
8 You have put all things in subjection under His feet." For in that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him.
But now we see not yet all things subjected to Him.
9 But we see Him Who was made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus (Gr. Iesous is the same as Yehoshua, or the abbreviated form Yeshua, and means [the] Salvation of Yehovah, or Yehovah [the] Savior) because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor;
D c -9. Vicarious death. d 10-13. Perfected by experience of suffering. c 14-16. Vicarious death. d 17,18. Qualified by experience of trial.
that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became Him, for Whom are all things (cp. Rom. 11:36. Eph. 3:9. Col. 1:17), and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain (see Acts 3:15) of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of One (i.e. God): for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, (The Lord's condescension does not justify the irreverence of calling Him our "elder Brother".)
12 Saying, "I will declare Your Name to My brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise to You." (Cited from Ps. 22:22.)
13 And again, "I will put my trust upon Him." (Cited from 2 Sam. 22:3) And again, Behold I and the children which God gave Me."
14 Forasmuch then as the sons are partakers of flesh and blood, Himself also likewise took part of the same [things] (i.e. flesh and blood, not the same flesh and blood, which had been corrupted by Adam's sin. "This same Jesus" was a direct creation of God. Cp. Luke 1:35); in order that through death He might destroy him holding the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were through all their lifetime subject to bondage. (We have power over Satan through Christ. He allows us same privileges, i.e. to defeat Satan.)
16 For certainly He takes not hold of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. (He took on a flesh body.)
17 Wherefore according to all things it behooved Him to become made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For wherein He Himself has suffered being tried (or, tested. Cp. Matt. 4:1 and Luke 22:23), He is able to succor them that are tempted.