Hebrews 2:1
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English Standard Version
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we 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.

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.

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.

Hebrews 2:1 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Therefore (διὰ τοῦτο)

Because you have received a revelation superior to that of the old dispensation, and given to you through one who is superior to the angels.

To give the more earnest heed (περισσοτέρως προσέξειν)

Lit. to give heed more abundantly. Προσέχειν to give heed, lit. to hold (the mind) to. oP. The full phrase in Job 7:17. Mostly in Luke, Acts, and the Pastorals. See on 1 Timothy 1:4. Περισσοτέρως more abundantly, in Hebrews only here and Hebrews 13:19; elsewhere only in Paul.

To the things which we have heard (τοῖς ἀκουσθεῖσιν)

Lit. to the things which were heard, that is, from the messengers of the gospel. Comp. the phrase ὁ λόγος τῆς ἀκοῆς the word of hearing, Hebrews 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:13. Ἐυαγγέλιον gospel does not occur in the Epistle, and εὐαγγελίζεσθαι to proclaim good tidings, only twice.

We should let them slip (παραρυῶμεν)

Rend. should drift past them. N.T.o. From παρὰ by and ῥεῖν to flow. Of the snow slipping off from the soldiers' bodies, Xen. Anab. iv. 4, 11: of a ring slipping from the finger, Plut. Amat. 754: see also lxx, Proverbs 3:21, and Symmachus's rendering of Proverbs 4:21, "let not my words flow past (παραρρυησάτωσαν) before thine eyes." The idea is in sharp contrast with giving earnest heed. Lapse from truth and goodness is more often the result of inattention than of design. Drifting is a mark of death: giving heed, of life. The log drifts with the tide: the ship breasts the adverse waves, because some one is giving earnest heed.

Hebrews 2:1 Parallel Commentaries

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Therefore.

Hebrews 2:2-4 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward...

Hebrews 1:1,2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets...

Hebrews 12:25,26 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

the more.

Deuteronomy 4:9,23 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen...

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day...

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 and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel...

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.

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 understanding...

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 heart, having heard the word, keep it...

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

we should.

Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord...

Matthew 16:9 Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?

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

2 Peter 1:12,13,15 Why I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them...

2 Peter 3:1 This second letter, beloved, I now write to you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

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

Habakkuk 1:6 For, see, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land...

Habakkuk 2:16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered...

Cross References
Proverbs 3:21
My son, do not lose sight of these-- keep sound wisdom and discretion,

John 8:59
So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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