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PARALLEL BIBLE - Hebrews 2:1

CHAPTERS: Hebrews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13     

VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18




King James Bible - Hebrew 2:1

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

World English Bible

Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away.

Douay-Rheims - Hebrew 2:1

Therefore ought we more diligently to observe the things which we have heard, lest perhaps we should let them slip.

Webster's Bible Translation

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Greek Textus Receptus

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Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

VERSE (1) -
:2-4; 1:1,2; 12:25,26

SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:1

¶ Por lo cual es necesario que tanto con ms diligencia guardemos las cosas que hemos oído, para que no nos escurramos.

Clarke's Bible Commentary - Hebrew 2:1

Verse 1. Therefore] Because
God has spoken to us by his Son; and because that Son is so great and glorious a personage; and because the subject which is addressed to us is of such infinite importance to our welfare.

We ought to give the more earnest heed] We should hear the doctrine of Christ with care, candour, and deep concern.

Lest at any time we should let them slip.] mh pote pararruwmen? "Lest at any time we should leak out." This is a metaphor taken from unstanch vessels; the staves not being close together, the fluid put into them leaks through the chinks and crevices. Superficial hearers lose the benefit of the word preached, as the unseasoned vessel does its fluid; nor can any one hear to the saving of his soul, unless he give most earnest heed, which he will not do unless he consider the dignity of the speaker, the importance of the subject, and the absolute necessity of the salvation of his soul. St. Chrysostom renders it mh pote apolwmeqa, ekpeswmen, lest we perish, lest we fall away.

John Gill's Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed , etc..] This is an inference from the apostle's discourse in the preceding chapter; since he, by whom God has spoke in these last days, is his Son, who is infinitely above the angels, they being his creatures, and worshippers of him, and ministers to him, and his; therefore the greater regard should be had to the Gospel spoken by him: even to the things which we have heard; which are no other than the truths of the Gospel, which had been preached unto them, and which were heard by the apostles, who had preached them to them; and they had heard them from them, or from Christ himself, and were what their forefathers had desired to hear, and which the carnal ear has not heard; for there is an internal and an external hearing of the Gospel. Now it becomes the hearers of it to give heed, or attend unto it, to beware of that which is pernicious and hurtful, and to regard that which is good and profitable; and this giving heed takes in a close consideration of Gospel truths, a diligent inquiry into them, a valuable esteem of them, a strict adherence to them, and a watchfulness to retain what is heard, and to conform unto it: and this was to be done more earnestly than their forefathers had, or than they themselves had; or this may be put for the superlative degree, and signify, that they should give the most earnest heed; for they had the most abundant reason to give heed, since what they heard was not from Moses, and the prophets, to whom they did well to take heed, but from Christ the Son of God, who was greater than they: lest at any time we should let them slip: and this either respects persons; and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it, lest we should run out; and the Syriac version, lest we should fall; and the Arabic version, lest we should fall from honesty: which may intend partial slips and falls, to which the people of God are subject; and which are oftentimes owing to inadvertency to the word; for the Gospel, duly attended to, is a preservative from falling: or it may respect things, even the doctrines of the Gospel, lest we should let them slip out of us, through us, or besides us: the metaphor seems to be taken either from leaking vessels, which let out what is put into them; or to strainers, which let the liquor through, and it falls on the ground, and cannot be gathered up, and so becomes useless; and which is expressive of unprofitable hearing of the word, through inattention, negligence, and forgetfulness, and the irrecoverableness of it, when it is gone: the Gospel may be lost to some that hear it, as to any real benefit and advantage by it; and some who hear the Gospel may be lost and perish; but the grace of the Gospel can never be lost.

Matthew Henry Commentary

Verses 1-4 -
Christ being proved to be superior to the angels, this doctrine i applied. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not without much care, retain what is poured into them. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, an pleasures. Sinning against the gospel is neglect of this grea salvation; it is a contempt of the saving grace of God in Christ making light of it, not caring for it, not regarding either the worth of gospel grace, or the want of it, and our undone state without it The Lord's judgments under the gospel dispensation are chiefl spiritual, but are on that account the more to be dreaded. Here is a appeal to the consciences of sinners. Even partial neglects will no escape rebukes; they often bring darkness on the souls they do no finally ruin. The setting forth the gospel was continued and confirme by those who heard Christ, by the evangelists and apostles, who wer witnesses of what Jesus Christ began both to do and to teach; and by the gifts of the Holy Ghost, qualified for the work to which they wer called. And all this according to God's own will. It was the will of God that we should have sure ground for our faith, and a stron foundation for our hope in receiving the gospel. Let us mind this on thing needful, and attend to the Holy Scriptures, written by those wh heard the words of our gracious Lord, and were inspired by his Spirit then we shall be blessed with the good part that cannot be taken away.

Greek Textus Receptus

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Vincent's NT Word Studies

1. Therefore (dia touto). Because you have received a revelation superior to that of the old dispensation, and given to you through one who is superior to the

To give the more earnest heed (perissoterwv prosexein). Lit. to give heed more abundantly. Prosecein to give heed, lit. to hold (the mind) to. o P. The full phrase in Job vii. 17. Mostly in Luke, Acts, and the Pastorals. See on 1 Tim. i. 4. Perissoterwv more abundantly, in Hebrews only here and xiii. 19; elsewhere only in Paul.

To the things which we have heard (toiv ajkousqeisin). Lit. to the things which were heard, that is, from the messengers of the gospel. Comp. the phrase oJ logov thv ajkohv the word of hearing, ch. iv. 2; 1 Thessalonians ii. 13. jEuaggelion gospel does not occur in the Epistle, and eujaggelizesqai to proclaim good tidings, only twice.

We should let them slip (pararuwmen). Rend. should drift past them. N.T.o . From para by and rJein to flow. Of the snow slipping off from the soldiers' bodies, Xen. Anab. iv. 4, xi. of a ring slipping from the finger, Plut. Amat. 754: see also LXX, Prov. iii. 21, and Symmachus's rendering of Prov. iv. 21, "let not my words flow past (pararruhsatwsan) before thine eyes." The idea is in sharp contrast with giving earnest heed. Lapse from truth and goodness is more often the result of inattention than of design. Drifting is a mark of death: giving heed, of life. The log drifts with the tide: the ship breasts the adverse waves, because some one is giving earnest heed.

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