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Hebrews 1:4


Thus he became 1  so far better than the angels as 2  he has inherited a name superior to theirs.


Ps 2:7,8; Eph 1:21; Php 2:9-11; Col 1:18; Col 2:10; 2Th 1:7; Heb 1:9; Heb 2:9; 1Pe 3:22; Re 5:11,12

NET © Notes

tn Grk “having become.” This is part of the same sentence that extends from v. 1 through v. 4 in the Greek text.

tn Most modern English translations attempt to make the comparison somewhat smoother by treating “name” as if it were the subject of the second element: “as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs” (cf. NAB, NIV, NRSV, CEV). However, the Son is the subject of both the first and second elements: “he became so far better”; “he has inherited a name.” The present translation maintains this parallelism even though it results in a somewhat more awkward rendering.

sn This comparison is somewhat awkward to express in English, but it reflects an important element in the argument of Hebrews: the superiority of Jesus Christ.

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