To the Hebrews 1:1-14

  • God speaks by means of his Son (1-4)

  • The Son superior to the angels (5-14)

1  Long ago God spoke to our forefathers by means of the prophets on many occasions and in many ways.+  Now at the end of these days he has spoken to us by means of a Son,+ whom he appointed heir of all things,+ and through whom he made the systems of things.*+  He is the reflection of God’s glory+ and the exact representation of his very being,+ and he sustains all things by the word of his power. And after he had made a purification for our sins,+ he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.+  So he has become better than the angels+ to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.+  For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”?+ And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”?+  But when he again brings his Firstborn+ into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all of God’s angels do obeisance to him.”*  Also, he says about the angels: “He makes his angels spirits, and his ministers*+ a flame of fire.”+  But about the Son, he says: “God is your throne+ forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness.*  You loved righteousness, and you hated lawlessness. That is why God, your God, anointed you+ with the oil of exultation more than your companions.”+ 10  And: “At the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands. 11  They will perish, but you will remain; and just like a garment, they will all wear out, 12  and you will wrap them up just as a cloak, as a garment, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never come to an end.”+ 13  But about which of the angels has he ever said: “Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet”?+ 14  Are they not all spirits for holy service,*+ sent out to minister for those who are going to inherit salvation?


Or “the ages.” See Glossary.
Or “bow down to him.”
Or “public servants.”
Or “justice.”
Or “for public service.”