Hebrews 2:3
New International Version
how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

New Living Translation
So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?

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,

Berean Study Bible
how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Berean Literal Bible
how shall we escape, having neglected such a great salvation, which, having received a commencement declared by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those having 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;

New King James Version
how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

New American Standard Bible
how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

NASB 1995
how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

NASB 1977
how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

Amplified Bible
how will we escape [the penalty] if we ignore such a great salvation [the gospel, the new covenant]? For it was spoken at first by the Lord, and it was confirmed to us and proved authentic by those who personally heard [Him speak],

Christian Standard Bible
how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation had its beginning when it was spoken of by the Lord, and it was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who 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;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How shall we escape if we despise those things which are our life, those which began to be spoken by our Lord and by those who heard from him among us, and were confirmed,

Contemporary English Version
So if we refuse this great way of being saved, how can we hope to escape? The Lord himself was the first to tell about it, and people who heard the message proved to us that it was true.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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;

Good News Translation
How, then, shall we escape if we pay no attention to such a great salvation? The Lord himself first announced this salvation, and those who heard him proved to us that it is true.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So how will we escape punishment if we reject the important message, the message that God saved us? First, the Lord told this saving message. Then those who heard him confirmed that message.

International Standard Version
how will we escape if we neglect a salvation as great as this? It was first proclaimed by the Lord himself, and then it was confirmed to us by those who heard him,

Literal Standard Version
how will we escape, having neglected such great salvation? Which having received [that] spoken through the LORD [from] the beginning, was confirmed to us by those having heard,

NET Bible
how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him,

New Heart English Bible
how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation--which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard;

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,

World English Bible
how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation--which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard;

Young's Literal Translation
how shall we escape, having neglected so great salvation? which a beginning receiving -- to be spoken through the Lord -- by those having heard was confirmed to us,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Salvation Confirmed
2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every transgression and disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4and was affirmed by God through signs, wonders, various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.…

Cross References
Isaiah 20:6
And on that day the dwellers of this coastland will say, 'See what has happened to our source of hope, those to whom we fled for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?'"

Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked through them, confirming His word by the signs that accompanied it.

Luke 1:2
just as they were handed down to us by the initial eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

Romans 11:14
in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Hebrews 1:1
On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets.

Hebrews 1:14
Are not the angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?


Treasury of Scripture

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;

How.

Hebrews 4:1,11
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it…

Hebrews 10:28,29
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: …

Hebrews 12:25
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

so.

Hebrews 5:9
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Hebrews 7:25,26
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them…

Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

began.

Hebrews 1:2
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 1:14
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

and was.

Mark 16:15-19
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature…

Luke 1:2
Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

Luke 24:47,48
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem…









(3) How shall we escape?--In a different context these words might naturally mean, "How shall we, transgressors of the law, escape from the penalty it threatens, if we neglect the one means of deliverance now offered us?" (Comp. Galatians 3:13; Galatians 4:5.) Here, however, are placed in contrast the command and threatening which came through angels and the salvation "spoken through the Lord"; while the one "word" is thus wholly unlike the other in substance and in form of proclamation, each is a law, in that neglect is visited with penalty. On the intrinsic greatness of the salvation the writer does not dwell; it is implied in the unique dignity and commission of Him through whom it was given.

Which at the first began to be spoken.--Better, which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was made sure unto us by them that heard. "Through the Lord" (comp. Hebrews 1:2) was spoken this word of God which brought salvation. In two other passages Jesus receives the name "our Lord" (Hebrews 7:14; Hebrews 13:20), but nowhere else in this Epistle (unless perhaps in Hebrews 12:14) is He spoken of as "the Lord"; the dignity of the title here heightens the contrast. "By them that heard "the word from Him, the writer says, it "was made sure" (not confirmed, as if stronger attestation were the meaning intended) "unto us." It is evident that the writer here classes himself with those who had not immediately heard the word from Jesus. Such language as this stands in striking contrast with St. Paul's claim, repeatedly maintained, to have received his doctrine directly from the Lord Himself (Galatians 1:12; 1Corinthians 9:1, et al.). . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

shall we escape
ἐκφευξόμεθα (ekpheuxometha)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1628: To flee out, away, escape; with an acc: I escape something. From ek and pheugo; to flee out.

if we neglect
ἀμελήσαντες (amelēsantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 272: To neglect, be careless of, disregard. To be careless of.

such a great
τηλικαύτης (tēlikautēs)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 5082: Or feminine telikaute from a compound of ho with helikos and houtos; such as this, i.e. (figurative) magnitude) so vast.

salvation?
σωτηρίας (sōtērias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 4991: Feminine of a derivative of soter as noun; rescue or safety.

[ This salvation ]
ἥτις (hētis)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.

was
λαβοῦσα (labousa)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2983: (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

first
ἀρχὴν (archēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 746: From archomai; a commencement, or chief.

announced
λαλεῖσθαι (laleisthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

by
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord,
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

was confirmed
ἐβεβαιώθη (ebebaiōthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 950: To confirm, ratify, secure, establish; pass: I guarantee. From bebaios; to stabilitate.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

us
ἡμᾶς (hēmas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

those who
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

heard [Him],
ἀκουσάντων (akousantōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.


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