English Standard Version
how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
King James Bible
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
American Standard Version
how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard;
How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? which having begun to be declared by the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
English Revised Version
how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard;
Webster's Bible Translation
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him;
Weymouth New Testament
how shall *we* escape if we are indifferent to a salvation as great as that now offered to us? This, after having first of all been announced by the Lord Himself, had its truth made sure to us by those who heard Him,
Hebrews 2:3 Parallel
CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
How shall we escape (πῶς ἡμεῖς ἐκφευξόμεθα)
The rhetorical question expressing denial. We is emphatic. We, to whom God has spoken by his Son, and who, therefore, have so much the more reason for giving heed. Ἐκφευξόμεθα lit. flee out from. The English escape conveys the same idea, but contains a picture which is not in the Greek word, namely, to slip out of one's cape, ex cappa, and so get away. Comp. French chapper. In Italian we have scappare "to escape," and also incappare "to fall into a snare," and incappuciare "to wrap up in a hood or cape; to mask."
If we neglect (ἀμελήσαντες)
Characterizing the new dispensation, as the word (Hebrews 2:2) characterizes the old. Not the teaching or word of salvation, but the salvation itself which is the gift of the gospel, to be obtained by purification from sin through the agency of the Son (Hebrews 1:3).
Explanatory. A salvation which may be described as one which was first spoken by the Lord, etc.
At the first began to be spoken (ἀρχὴν λαβοῦσα)
Lit. having taken beginning to be spoken. Rend. which, having at the first been spoken. The phrase N.T.o.
By the Lord (διὰ τοῦ κυρίου)
Const. with ἀρχὴν λαβοῦσα, not with λαλεῖσθαι. It is the beginning, not the speaking which is emphasized.
Was confirmed (ἐβεβαιώθη)
It was sure (βέβαιος) even as was the word spoken by angels (Hebrews 2:2), and it was confirmed, proved to be real, by the testimony of ear-witnesses.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, 'Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?'"
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]
just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,
in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
1 Corinthians 1:21
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
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