Hebrews 2:15
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New International Version
and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

New Living Translation
Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

English Standard Version
and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

New American Standard Bible
and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

King James Bible
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.

International Standard Version
and might free those who were slaves all their lives because they were terrified by death.

NET Bible
and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he would free those who, by the fear of death, all their lives were subjected to bondage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In this way he would free those who were slaves all their lives because they were afraid of dying.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to slavery.

King James 2000 Bible
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

American King James Version
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

American Standard Version
and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And might deliver them, who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to servitude.

Darby Bible Translation
and might set free all those who through fear of death through the whole of their life were subject to bondage.

English Revised Version
and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Webster's Bible Translation
And deliver them, who, through fear of death, were all their life-time subject to bondage.

Weymouth New Testament
and might set at liberty all those who through fear of death had been subject to lifelong slavery.

World English Bible
and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Young's Literal Translation
and might deliver those, whoever, with fear of death, throughout all their life, were subjects of bondage,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:14-18 The angels fell, and remained without hope or help. Christ never designed to be the Saviour of the fallen angels, therefore he did not take their nature; and the nature of angels could not be an atoning sacrifice for the sin of man. Here is a price paid, enough for all, and suitable to all, for it was in our nature. Here the wonderful love of God appeared, that, when Christ knew what he must suffer in our nature, and how he must die in it, yet he readily took it upon him. And this atonement made way for his people's deliverance from Satan's bondage, and for the pardon of their sins through faith. Let those who dread death, and strive to get the better of their terrors, no longer attempt to outbrave or to stifle them, no longer grow careless or wicked through despair. Let them not expect help from the world, or human devices; but let them seek pardon, peace, grace, and a lively hope of heaven, by faith in Him who died and rose again, that thus they may rise above the fear of death. The remembrance of his own sorrows and temptations, makes Christ mindful of the trials of his people, and ready to help them. He is ready and willing to succour those who are tempted, and seek him. He became man, and was tempted, that he might be every way qualified to succour his people, seeing that he had passed through the same temptations himself, but continued perfectly free from sin. Then let not the afflicted and tempted despond, or give place to Satan, as if temptations made it wrong for them to come to the Lord in prayer. Not soul ever perished under temptation, that cried unto the Lord from real alarm at its danger, with faith and expectation of relief. This is our duty upon our first being surprised by temptations, and would stop their progress, which is our wisdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And deliver them, who through fear of death,.... This is another end of Christ's assuming human nature, and dying in it, and thereby destroying Satan, that he might save some out of his hands:

who were all their lifetime subject to bondage; meaning chiefly God's elect among the Jews; for though all men are in a state of bondage to the lusts of the flesh, and are Satan's captives; yet this describes more particularly the state of the Jews, under the law of Moses, which gendered unto bondage; which they being guilty of the breach of, and seeing the danger they were exposed to on that account, were subject, bound, and held fast in and under a spirit of bondage: and that "through fear of death"; through fear of a corporeal death; through fear of chastisements and afflictions, the forerunners of death, and what sometimes bring it on; and through fear of death itself, as a disunion of soul and body, and as a penal evil; and through fear of what follows it, an awful judgment: and this the Jews especially were in fear of, from their frequent violations of the precepts, both of the moral, and of the ceremonial law, which threatened with death; and this they lived in a continual fear of, because they were daily transgressing, which brought on them a spirit of bondage unto fear: and, as Philo the Jew (o) observes, nothing more brings the mind into bondage than the fear of death: and many these, even all the chosen ones among them, Christ delivered, or saved from sin, from Satan, from the law, and its curses, from death corporeal, as a penal evil, and from death eternal; even from all enemies and dangers, and brought them into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

(o) Quod omnis Probus Liber, p. 868.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. fear of death—even before they had experienced its actual power.

all their lifetime—Such a life can hardly be called life.

subject to bondage—literally, "subjects of bondage"; not merely liable to it, but enthralled in it (compare Ro 8:15; Ga 5:1). Contrast with this bondage, the glory of the "sons" (Heb 2:10). "Bondage" is defined by Aristotle, "The living not as one chooses"; "liberty," "the living as one chooses." Christ by delivering us from the curse of God against our sin, has taken from death all that made it formidable. Death, viewed apart from Christ, can only fill with horror, if the sinner dares to think.

Hebrews 2:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Made Like His Brothers
14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.…
Cross References
Romans 8:15
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

Hebrews 2:16
For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants.
Treasury of Scripture

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

deliver.

Job 33:21-28 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones …

Psalm 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered my soul from death: will not you deliver my …

Psalm 89:48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver …

Luke 1:74,75 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand …

2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom …

through.

Job 18:11,14 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet…

Job 24:17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know …

Psalm 55:4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen on me.

Psalm 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly …

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the …

subject.

Romans 8:15,21 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but …

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

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