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Hebrews 2:1-4

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Warning Against Drifting Away

2:1 Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2:2 For if the message spoken through angels 1  proved to be so firm that every violation 2  or disobedience received its just penalty, 2:3 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, 2:4 while God confirmed their witness 3  with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed 4  according to his will.

1 sn The message spoken through angels refers to the OT law, which according to Jewish tradition was mediated to Moses through angels (cf. Deut 33:2; Ps 68:17-18; Acts 7:38, 53; Gal 3:19; and Jub. 1:27, 29; Josephus, Ant. 15.5.3 [15.136]).

2 tn Grk “through angels became valid and every violation.”

3 tn Grk “God bearing witness together” (the phrase “with them” is implied).

4 tn Grk “and distributions of the Holy Spirit.”



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