The Letter to the Hebrews

Chapter 2

We ought to be obedient to Christ Jesus, 1-4; and that because he condescended to take our nature upon him, 5-13; as it was necessary, 14-18.

1 Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward, 3 How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was spoken at the first by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, 4 God also bearing them testimony, both with signs and wonders, and with diverse miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will.

5 For to the angels he has not put in subjection the world to come, concerning which we speak.

6 But someone 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 a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of your hands.

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 made subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that he, by the grace of God, should taste death for every man.

10 For it was fitting for him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

12 Saying, "I will declare your name to my brothers. In the midst of the church I will sing praise to you."

13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I, and the children which God has given me."

14 Since then the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, so that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 And deliver those who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to bondage. 16 For truly he does not give help to angels, but he gives help to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things it behooved him to be made like his brothers so 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 in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to succor those who are tempted.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Hebrews, Chapter 2


[v.6-8] - Quoting Psalm 8:4-6 (LXX). Reference, Job 7:17; Psalm 144:3.

[v.12] - Quoting Psalm 22:22 (LXX—paraphrased).

[v.13] - Quoting Isaiah 8:17-18 (LXX).