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Hebrews 2:5-8

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Exposition of Psalm 8: Jesus and the Destiny of Humanity

2:5 For he did not put the world to come, 1  about which we are speaking, 2  under the control of angels. 2:6 Instead someone testified somewhere:

What is man that you think of him 3  or the son of man that you care for him?

2:7 You made him lower than the angels for a little while.

You crowned him with glory and honor. 4 

2:8 You put all things under his control. 5 

For when he put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control, 6 

1 sn The phrase the world to come means “the coming inhabited earth,” using the Greek term which describes the world of people and their civilizations.

2 sn See the previous reference to the world in Heb 1:6.

3 tn Grk “remember him.”

4 tc Several witnesses, many of them early and important (א A C D* P Ψ 0243 0278 33 1739 1881 al lat co), have at the end of v 7, “You have given him dominion over the works of your hands.” Other mss, not quite as impressive in weight, lack the words (Ì46 B D2 Ï). In spite of the impressive external evidence for the longer reading, it is most likely a scribal addition to conform the text of Hebrews to Ps 8:6 (8:7 LXX). Conformity of a NT quotation of the OT to the LXX was a routine scribal activity, and can hardly be in doubt here as to the cause of the longer reading.

5 tn Grk “you subjected all things under his feet.”

sn A quotation from Ps 8:4-6.

6 sn The expression all things under his control occurs three times in 2:8. The latter two occurrences are not exactly identical to the Greek text of Ps 8:6 quoted at the beginning of the verse, but have been adapted by the writer of Hebrews to fit his argument.



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