2 For this reason we must pay special attention to what we have heard, for fear we should drop away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved sure, and every violation or nonobservance received due requital, 3 how shall we escape after neglecting such a great salvation? which, having begun to be spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who had heard it, 4 God adding his attestation by tokens and wonders and varied miracles and grants of the Holy Spirit according to his will. 5 For not to angels did he subject the future earth of which we are speaking; 6 because someone has somewhere testified in these words: “What is a man, that thou rememberest him? or a son of man, that thou dost look after him? 7 Thou didst make him a little inferior to the angels, didst garland him with glory and honor, 8 didst subject everything underneath his feet,” For in subjecting everything to him he has left nothing unsubjected to him, but now we do not yet see everything subjected to him; 9 but him who was made a little inferior to the angels, Jesus, we do see garlanded with glory and honor so that by God’s grace he may taste death for everyone. 10 For it befitted him for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists that in bringing many sons to glory he should perfect through suffering their leader in salvation. 11 For the sanctifier and the sanctified all come of one; for which reason he is not ashamed of calling them brothers, 12 saying “I will announce thy name to my brothers, in the midst of the congregation I will hymn thy praise,” 13 and again “I will rest my confidence in him,” and again “Lo, I and the children God has given me.” 14 So, since the children have been sharing flesh and blood, he himself similarly participated in the same, that through death he might quell him who wields the might of death—that is, the Devil— 15 and deliver those who for the fear of death were doomed to slavery all their lives. 16 For he does not take up angels, methinks, but takes up the descendants of Abraham. 17 Whence he had to be made in all respects like his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest for our relations to God, to make propitiation for the people’s sins. 18 For by the fact that he himself has suffered from temptation he is able to help the tempted.
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