Hebrews 2:6
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English Standard Version
It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?

King James Bible
But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

American Standard Version
But one hath somewhere testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But one in a certain place hath testified, saying: What is man, that thou art mindful of him: or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

English Revised Version
But one hath somewhere testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Webster's Bible Translation
But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Weymouth New Testament
But, as we know, a writer has solemnly said, "How poor a creature is man, and yet Thou dost remember him, and a son of man, and yet Thou dost come to him!

Hebrews 2:6 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

In a certain place (πού)

Only here and Hebrews 4:4, signifying indefinite quotation. It does not mean that the writer is ignorant of the author or of the place, but assumes that the readers know it, and that it is a matter of no moment who said it or where it is written.

Testified (διεμαρτυράτο)

Mostly in Luke and Acts. Only here in Hebrews. In Paul only in 1st Thessalonians. See on 1 Thessalonians 2:12. It implies a solemn, earnest testimony.

What is man

The Hebrew interrogation, מָה, what, what kind of, implies "how small or insignificant" compared with the array of the heavenly bodies; not "how great is man."

The son of man

Hebrew son of Adam, with a reference to his earthly nature as formed out of the dust. Very often in Ezekiel as a form of address to the prophet, lxx, υἱὲ ἀνθρώπου son of man. The direct reference of these words cannot be to the Messiah, yet one is reminded that the Son of man was Christ's own title for himself.

Visitest (ἐπισκέπτῃ)

The primary sense of the verb is to look upon; hence, to look after or inspect; to visit in order to inspect or help. Similarly the Latin visere means both to look at and to visit. An ἐπίσκοπος is an overlooker, and ἐπισκοπὴ is visitation. The verb only here in Hebrews, oP., very often in lxx. See on Matthew 25:36. Here in the sense of graciously and helpfully regarding; caring for.

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels (ἠλάττωσας)

Rend. thou didst for some little time make him lower than the angels. Ἐλαττοῦν to make less or inferior, only here, Hebrews 2:9, and John 3:30. Often in lxx (principally Sirach).Βραχύ τι, the Hebrew as A.V. a little; of degree. The lxx translators interpreted it, apparently, of time, "for some little time." Although there is precedent for both meanings in both Class. and N.T., the idea of time better suits the whole line of thought, and would probably, as Robertson Smith observes, have appeared to a Greek reader the more natural interpretation. For this sense see Isaiah 57:17; Acts 5:34. He who has been described as superior to the angels, was, for a short time, on the same plane with man, and identified with an economy which was under the administration of angels. This temporary subordination to angels was followed by permanent elevation over them. Παρ' ἀγγέλους. The Hebrew is מֵאֱלֹהִים, than God. Elohim is used in a wide sense in O.T.: see, for instance, Psalm 82:6, where God addresses the judges by that titles and declares that he himself called them to their office and gave them their name and dignity. Comp. John 10:34 and Psalm 29:1, lxx υἱοὶ θεοῦ sons of God, A.V. mighty. The lxx translators understand it, not as representing the personal God, but that which is divine, in which sense it would be appropriate to angels as having divine qualities.

Hebrews 2:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

in.

Hebrews 4:4 For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

Hebrews 5:6 As he said also in another place, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify...

What.

Job 7:17,18 What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart on him...

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

See on

Psalm 8:4-8 What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him...

Psalm 144:3 LORD, what is man, that you take knowledge of him! or the son of man, that you make account of him!

Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

the son.

Job 25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Psalm 146:3,4 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help...

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die...

visitest.

Genesis 50:24 And Joseph said to his brothers, I die: and God will surely visit you...

Luke 1:68,78 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people...

Luke 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and...

Cross References
Job 7:17
What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,

Psalm 8:4
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 144:3
O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?

1 Thessalonians 4:6
that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.

Hebrews 4:4
For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works."

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