2:8 You put all things under his control.” 1
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, 2 2:9 but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, 3 now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, 4 so that by God’s grace he would experience 5 death on behalf of everyone. 2:10 For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, 6 in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer 7 of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
1 tn Grk “you subjected all things under his feet.”
sn A quotation from Ps 8:4-6.
2 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.
3 tn Or “who was made a little lower than the angels.”
4 tn Grk “because of the suffering of death.”
5 tn Grk “would taste.” Here the Greek verb does not mean “sample a small amount” (as a typical English reader might infer from the word “taste”), but “experience something cognitively or emotionally; come to know something” (cf. BDAG 195 s.v. γεύομαι 2).
6 tn Grk “for whom are all things and through whom are all things.”
7 sn The Greek word translated pioneer is used of a “prince” or leader, the representative head of a family. It also carries nuances of “trailblazer,” one who breaks through to new ground for those who follow him. It is used some thirty-five times in the Greek OT and four times in the NT, always of Christ (Acts 3:15; 5:31; Heb 2:10; 12:2).