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Chapter 2

1Because of this it behoveth [us] more abundantly to take heed to the things heard, lest we may glide aside, 2for if the word being spoken through messengers did become stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience did receive a just recompense, 3how 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, 4God also bearing joint-witness both with signs and wonders, and manifold powers, and distributions of the Holy Spirit, according to His will. 5For not to messengers did He subject the coming world, concerning which we speak, 6and one in a certain place did testify fully, saying, `What is man, that Thou art mindful of him, or a son of man, that Thou dost look after him? 7Thou didst make him some little less than messengers, with glory and honour Thou didst crown him, and didst set him over the works of Thy hands, 8all things Thou didst put in subjection under his feet,` for in the subjecting to him the all things, nothing did He leave to him unsubjected, and now not yet do we see the all things subjected to him, 9and him who was made some little less than messengers we see -- Jesus -- because of the suffering of the death, with glory and honour having been crowned, that by the grace of God for every one he might taste of death. 10For it was becoming to Him, because of whom [are] the all things, and through whom [are] the all things, many sons to glory bringing, the author of their salvation through sufferings to make perfect, 11for both he who is sanctifying and those sanctified [are] all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12saying, `I will declare Thy name to my brethren, in the midst of an assembly I will sing praise to Thee;` and again, `I will be trusting on Him;` 13and again, `Behold I and the children that God did give to me.` 14Seeing, then, the children have partaken of flesh and blood, he himself also in like manner did take part of the same, that through death he might destroy him having the power of death -- that is, the devil -- 15and might deliver those, whoever, with fear of death, throughout all their life, were subjects of bondage, 16for, doubtless, of messengers it doth not lay hold, but of seed of Abraham it layeth hold, 17wherefore it did behove him in all things to be made like to the brethren, that he might become a kind and stedfast chief-priest in the things with God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people, 18for in that he suffered, himself being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

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