and might deliver those, whoever, with fear of death, throughout all their life, were subjects of bondage,
Hebrews 2:15 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And deliver them who through fear of death - It is very likely that the apostle has the Gentiles here principally in view. As they had no revelation, and no certainty of immortality, they were continually in bondage to the fear of death. They preferred life in any state, with the most grievous evils, to death, because they had no hope beyond the grave. But it is also true that all men naturally fear death; even those that have the fullest persuasion and certainty of a future state dread it: genuine Christians, who know that, if the earthly house of their tabernacle were dissolved, they have a house not made with hands, a building framed of God, eternal in the heavens, only they fear it not. In the assurance they have of God's love, the fear of death is removed; and by the purification of their hearts through faith, the sting of death is extracted. The people who know not God are in continual torment through the fear of death, and they fear death because they fear something beyond death. They are conscious to themselves that they are wicked, and they are afraid of God, and terrified at the thought of eternity. By these fears thousands of sinful, miserable creatures are prevented from hurrying themselves into the unknown world. This is finely expressed by the poet: -
"To die, - to sleep, -
No more: - and, by a sleep, to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, - 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, - to sleep, -
To sleep! - perchance to dream; - ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: - There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life:
For who could bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Job 33:21-28 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out...
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 feet from falling...
Psalm 89:48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
Luke 1:74,75 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear...
2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
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 them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
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 consumed with terrors.
1 Corinthians 15:50-57 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption...
Romans 8:15,21 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba...
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 love, and of a sound mind.
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