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For to which of the angels did he ever say:
Thou art my Son.
To-day have I begotten thee: And again,
I will be to him a Father,
And he shall be me a Son ? And when again he brings the first-born into
Let all the angels of God worship him. And to the angels he says:
He maketh his angels winds,
And his servants flaming fire. But to the Son he says: Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, The sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of thy
kingdom. Thou hast loved goodness and hated lawlessness,
So God, thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows:
Hast laid the foundation of the earth,
They shall perish.
And they all shall become old as doth a garment,
As a garment, and they shall be changed.
But to which of the angels has he ever said :
Till I make thine enemies thy footstool ?
Who are being continually sent out
Who are going to inherit salvation ?
away from it.
For this reason we ought to pay the greater attention to what we have heard, for fear of drifting
For if the message delivered by angels was to be relied on, and
every violation and disobedience was dealt with as it justly deserved, how are we to escape, if we pay no attention to such a great salvation ? Such a salvation as was at first delivered by the Lord, and was the made sure to us by those who heard. Yes, and God, also, bore witness with them to what they told you, with signs and wonders and mighty works and gifts of the Holy Spirit, just as he willed.
For it was not to angels God subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.
But some one has somewhere testified, and said :
What is man, that thou art mindful of him,
Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou crownedst him with glory and honor,
For in subjecting everything to him, he left nothing not subjected to him. But, as things now are, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. But we see him who was made a little lower than the angels so that, by God's favor, he might die for everybody, that is, Jesus, through the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor.
For it was becoming to him, for whom everything exists and through whom they exist, in bringing many sons to a glorious condition of blessedness, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he who is devoting us to God and those who are being devoted to him are all from the one Father. For this reason he is not ashamed to call them brothers, and says:
I will declare thy name to my brethren,
praise. And again :
I will put my trust in him. And again :
Behold, I and the children whom God hath given me. Since, then, the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of them, so that, through death, he might deprive him who has the power over death of his power, that is, the devil; and might deliver all those who, because of their fear of death, were all their lifetime
bound in slavery. For he never anywhere helps angels. On the contrary, he helps Abraham's children. For that reason it was necessary for him to be made like his brothers in every way, so that he might become a compassionate and faithful high priest in his relation to God for the expiation of the sins of the people. For since he himself has been tempted, and has suffered as a result of it, he is able to render assistance to those who are being tempted.
Because of what has just been said, devoted brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling, fix your mind on the Apostle and high priest whom we profess to be ours, that is, Jesus. Think of him as faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in his dealings with the Children of Israel. For he has been considered worthy of more dignity than Moses to the extent that he who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by some one. But he who built everything is God. Now Moses was faithful in all his dealings with the Children of Israel who constituted God's house, and he was thus faithful as a servant for the purpose of bearing testimony to what was hereafter to be spoken. But Christ was faithful as a Son set over his Father's house. And that house are we, if we hold the
boldness and the boasting of our hope firm to the end.
It is, on that account, just as the Holy Spirit says:
To day if ye will hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation,
Where your fathers tempted me, proved me,
And saw my works forty years.
And said : They do alway err in their heart.
As I sware in my wrath : They shall not enter into my rest. See to it, brothers, that none of you are ever so wickedly faithless as to turn away from the living God. On the contrary, encourage each other day by day, while it is called, To-day, so that none of you may become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of the Christ, if, that is, we continue to hold the confidence which we had in the beginning firm to the end : while it is said :
To-day, if ye will hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For who were they who heard and caused the provocation ?
But why need I ask? Was it not all those who were led out of Egypt by Moses ?