Hebrews 2:1
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New International Version
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

New Living Translation
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.

English Standard Version
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Berean Study Bible
We must pay closer attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Berean Literal Bible
Because of this, it behooves us to give heed more abundantly to the things we have heard, lest ever we should drift away.

New American Standard Bible
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.

International Standard Version
For this reason we must pay closer attention to the things we have heard, or we may drift away,

NET Bible
Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, so that we will not drift away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, we are indebted that we should be all the more attentive to whatever we have heard, lest we fall.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For this reason we must pay closer attention to what we have heard. Then we won't drift away [from the truth].

New American Standard 1977
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, it is necessary that we with more diligence keep the things which we have heard, so that we do not fall.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them .

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore ought we more diligently to observe the things which we have heard, lest perhaps we should let them slip.

Darby Bible Translation
For this reason we should give heed more abundantly to the things [we have] heard, lest in any way we should slip away.

English Revised Version
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason we ought to pay the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, for fear we should drift away from them.

World English Bible
Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of this it behoveth us more abundantly to take heed to the things heard, lest we may glide aside,
Study Bible
Salvation Confirmed
1We must pay closer attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every transgression and disobedience received its just punishment,…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:21
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus hid Himself and slipped away from the temple area.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

Therefore.

Hebrews 2:2-4 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression …

Hebrews 1:1,2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

Hebrews 12:25,26 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

the more.

Deuteronomy 4:9,23 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you …

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify …

Joshua 23:11,12 Take good heed therefore to yourselves, that you love the LORD your God…

1 Chronicles 22:13 Then shall you prosper, if you take heed to fulfill the statutes …

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto …

Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Proverbs 4:1-4,20-22 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know …

Proverbs 7:1,2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you…

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall …

we should.

Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to …

Matthew 16:9 Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the …

Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see you not? and having ears, hear you not? and do you …

2 Peter 1:12,13,15 Why I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these …

2 Peter 3:1 This second letter, beloved, I now write to you; in both which I …

let them slip. Gr. run out, as leaking vessels.

Habakkuk 1:6 For, see, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, …

Habakkuk 2:16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your …

II.

(1-4) These verses must be closely joined with the first chapter. Before advancing to the next step in his argument, the writer pauses to enforce the duty which results from what has been already established. But (as in Hebrews 4:14-16) the exhortation does not interrupt the thought, but rather serves as a connecting link. (See Note on Hebrews 2:5.)

(1) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard.--Better, to the things heard; for this expression contains the complement of the thought of Hebrews 1:1. Both "speak" and "hear" are words which carry weighty emphasis in this Epistle. (See Hebrews 1:1; Hebrews 2:2; Hebrews 12:25; Hebrews 3:5; Hebrews 3:7; Hebrews 4:2, et al.) Because of the supreme dignity of Him in whom at the last God speaks, men are bound to give the more earnest heed to the words spoken, whether heard by them from the Lord Himself or (as in this case, Hebrews 2:3) from His servants.

Lest at any time we should let them slip.--This translation (first introduced by the Genevan Bible of 1560) substantially gives the sense, but inverts the figure presented in the Greek. The words must be rendered, lest possibly we drift away (Wiclif, "lest perauenture we fleten awey"). It is the man that is in danger of being carried along by the current: unless the mind be held closely to the words that God has spoken, it must drift away from them, and from the salvation which they promise. There seems no foundation for the rendering of the margin, first given in the Genevan Testament of 1557.

Verses 1-5. - INTERPOSED EXHORTATION as explained above. Verse 1. - On this account (i.e. on account of what has been seen of the SON'S superiority to the angels) we ought (or, we are bound) more abundantly to give heed to the things that we have heard (i.e. the gospel that has been preached to us in the Son), lest at any time (or, lest haply) we let them slip (rather, float past them). The word παραρρυῶμεν (aorist subjunctive from παραρρέω) denotes flowing or floating past anything. The allusion is to the danger, incidental to those to whom the Epistle was addressed, of failing to recognize the transcendent character of the gospel revelation, missing it through inadvertence, drifting away from it. Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed,.... This is an inference from the apostle's discourse in the preceding chapter; since he, by whom God has spoke in these last days, is his Son, who is infinitely above the angels, they being his creatures, and worshippers of him, and ministers to him, and his; therefore the greater regard should be had to the Gospel spoken by him: even to the things which we have heard; which are no other than the truths of the Gospel, which had been preached unto them, and which were heard by the apostles, who had preached them to them; and they had heard them from them, or from Christ himself, and were what their forefathers had desired to hear, and which the carnal ear has not heard; for there is an internal and an external hearing of the Gospel. Now it becomes the hearers of it to give heed, or attend unto it, to beware of that which is pernicious and hurtful, and to regard that which is good and profitable; and this giving heed takes in a close consideration of Gospel truths, a diligent inquiry into them, a valuable esteem of them, a strict adherence to them, and a watchfulness to retain what is heard, and to conform unto it: and this was to be done "more earnestly" than their forefathers had, or than they themselves had; or this may be put for the superlative degree, and signify, that they should give the most earnest heed; for they had the most abundant reason to give heed, since what they heard was not from Moses, and the prophets, to whom they did well to take heed, but from Christ the Son of God, who was greater than they: "lest at any time we should let them slip": and this either respects persons; and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "lest we should run out"; and the Syriac version, "lest we should fall"; and the Arabic version, "lest we should fall from honesty": which may intend partial slips and falls, to which the people of God are subject; and which are oftentimes owing to inadvertency to the word; for the Gospel, duly attended to, is a preservative from falling: or it may respect things, even the doctrines of the Gospel, lest we should let them slip out of us, through us, or besides us: the metaphor seems to be taken either from leaking vessels, which let out what is put into them; or to strainers, which let the liquor through, and it falls on the ground, and cannot be gathered up, and so becomes useless; and which is expressive of unprofitable hearing of the word, through inattention, negligence, and forgetfulness, and the irrecoverableness of it, when it is gone: the Gospel may be lost to some that hear it, as to any real benefit and advantage by it; and some who hear the Gospel may be lost and perish; but the grace of the Gospel can never be lost. CHAPTER 2

Heb 2:1-18. Danger of Neglecting So Great Salvation, First Spoken by Christ; to Whom, Not to Angels, the New Dispensation Was Subjected; though He Was for a Time Humbled below the Angels: This Humiliation Took Place by Divine Necessity for Our Salvation.

1. Therefore—Because Christ the Mediator of the new covenant is so far (Heb 1:5-14) above all angels, the mediators of the old covenant.

the more earnest—Greek, "the more abundantly."

heard—spoken by God (Heb 1:1); and by the Lord (Heb 2:3).

let them slip—literally "flow past them" (Heb 4:1).2:1-4 Christ being proved to be superior to the angels, this doctrine is applied. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not, without much care, retain what is poured into them. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, and pleasures. Sinning against the gospel is neglect of this great salvation; it is a contempt of the saving grace of God in Christ, making light of it, not caring for it, not regarding either the worth of gospel grace, or the want of it, and our undone state without it. The Lord's judgments under the gospel dispensation are chiefly spiritual, but are on that account the more to be dreaded. Here is an appeal to the consciences of sinners. Even partial neglects will not escape rebukes; they often bring darkness on the souls they do not finally ruin. The setting forth the gospel was continued and confirmed by those who heard Christ, by the evangelists and apostles, who were witnesses of what Jesus Christ began both to do and to teach; and by the gifts of the Holy Ghost, qualified for the work to which they were called. And all this according to God's own will. It was the will of God that we should have sure ground for our faith, and a strong foundation for our hope in receiving the gospel. Let us mind this one thing needful, and attend to the Holy Scriptures, written by those who heard the words of our gracious Lord, and were inspired by his Spirit; then we shall be blessed with the good part that cannot be taken away.
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