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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Hebrews 2:3

    CHAPTERS: Hebrews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18




    King James Bible - Hebrew 2:3

    How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

    World English Bible

    how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation--which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard;

    Douay-Rheims - Hebrew 2:3

    How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? which having begun to be declared by the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him;

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (3) -
    Heb 4:1,11; 10:28,29; 12:25 Isa 20:6 Eze 17:15,18 Mt 23:33 Ro 2:3

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:3

    ¿cmo escaparemos nosotros, si tuviremos en poco una salud tan grande? La cual, habiendo comenzado a ser publicada por el Seor, ha sido confirmada hasta nosotros por los que lo oyeron a l mismo;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Hebrew 2:3

    Verse 3. How shall we escape] If they who had fewer privileges than we have, to whom
    God spoke in divers manners by angels and prophets, fell under the displeasure of their Maker, and were often punished with a sore destruction; how shall we escape wrath to the uttermost if we neglect the salvation provided for us, and proclaimed to us by the Son of God? Their offense was high; ours, indescribably higher. The salvation mentioned here is the whole system of Christianity, with all the privileges it confers; properly called a salvation, because, by bringing such an abundance of heavenly light into the world, it saves or delivers men from the kingdom of darkness, ignorance, error, superstition, and idolatry; and provides all the requisite means to free them from the power, guilt, and contamination of sin. This salvation is great when compared with that granted to the Jews: 1. The Jewish dispensation was provided for the Jews alone; the Christian dispensation for all mankind. 2. The Jewish dispensation was full of significant types and ceremonies; the Christian dispensation is the substance of all those types. 3. The Jewish dispensation referred chiefly to the body and outward state of man-washings and external cleansings of the flesh; the Christian, to the inward state- purifying the heart and soul, and purging the conscience from dead works. 4. The Jewish dispensation promised temporal happiness; the Christian, spiritual. 5. The Jewish dispensation belonged chiefly to time; the Christian, to eternity. 6. The Jewish dispensation had its glory; but that was nothing when compared to the exceeding glory of the Gospel. 7. Moses administered the former; Jesus Christ, the Creator, Governor, and saviour of the world, the latter. 8. This is a great salvation, infinitely beyond the Jewish; but how great no tongue or pen can describe.

    Those who neglect it, amelhsantev, are not only they who oppose or persecute it, but they who pay no regard to it; who do not meddle with it, do not concern themselves about it, do not lay it to heart, and consequently do not get their hearts changed by it. Now these cannot escape the coming judgments of God; not merely because they oppose his will and commandment, but because they sin against the very cause and means of their deliverance. As there is but one remedy by which their diseased souls can be saved, so by refusing to apply that one remedy they must necessarily perish.

    Which at the first began to be spoken] Though John the Baptist went before our Lord to prepare his way, yet he could not be properly said to preach the Gospel; and even Christ's preaching was only a beginning of the great proclamation: it was his own Spirit in the apostles and evangelists, the men who heard him preach, that opened the whole mystery of the kingdom of heaven. And all this testimony had been so confirmed in the land of Judea as to render it indubitable; and consequently there was no excuse for their unbelief, and no prospect of their escape if they should continue to neglect it.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 3. How shall we escape , etc..] The righteous judgment of God, and eternal punishment: if we neglect so great salvation ? as the Gospel is, which is called salvation; in opposition to the law, which is the ministration of condemnation; and because it is a declaration of salvation by Christ; and is the means of bringing it near, and of the application of it in conversion, and so is the power of God unto it: and it is a great salvation; the Gospel which reveals it is great, for the author of it is Christ; it has been confirmed by miracles, and attended with great success; and has in it great things, great mysteries, and exceeding great and precious promises: and the salvation which it declares is great; it is the produce of great wisdom; it is wrought by a great person, by a Saviour, and a great one, and who is the great God, and our Saviour; it has been procured at great charge and expense, even at the expense of the blood and life of the Son of God; and has been obtained through great difficulties; and is the salvation of the soul, the more noble part of man; and it is a complete and everlasting one: to neglect this, is to be careless of it; to condemn it, and to despise the ministers of it; and to make anything else but Christ the way of salvation: and the danger such are in is very great; it is not possible that they should escape divine vengeance, since their sin is so great, and attended with such aggravating circumstances; for it is a contempt of the grace and wisdom of God in providing such a Saviour, and a trampling under foot the Son of God, and a counting his blood as a common thing; and besides, there is no more sacrifice for sin, they can have nothing to atone for it; and that God, whom they offend hereby, is both omniscient and omnipotent, and there will be no escaping out of his hands: to which must be added, that this Gospel of salvation is that which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord ; by the Lord Jesus Christ himself; the Gospel was preached by him, and he was extraordinarily qualified for it; and he spake it as never man did: it was preached by John indeed, and by all the prophets before him, and to the Israelites in the wilderness, and to Abraham before them, and even to Adam in Eden's garden, which was the first time it was spoken; but then it was spoken to him by the Lord; by the Word of the Lord, the essential Word, the Son of God, as the ancient Chaldee paraphrases, which express the sense of the old Jewish church, show f27 : besides, it began most fully and clearly to be preached by him in the days of his flesh, so as it never was preached before, nor since; grace and truth, the doctrines of grace and truth came by him, in all their fulness and glory: and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him ; the Gospel is in itself firm and stable; nor did the words of Christ need any confirmation, who is truth itself, the Amen, and faithful witness; but in condescension to human weakness, and by reason that Christ, as man, was not everywhere, and that by the mouth of more witnesses it should be established, he sent forth his apostles to preach it; who heard it from him, and they published it to the Jews first, as these were to whom the apostle writes, and then to the Gentiles. And though the apostle had it first by revelation from Christ himself, ( Galatians 1:11,12) it was confirmed to him by Ananias.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-4 -
    Christ being proved to be superior to the angels, this doctrine i applied. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not without much care, retain what is poured into them. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, an pleasures. Sinning against the gospel is neglect of this grea salvation; it is a contempt of the saving grace of God in Christ making light of it, not caring for it, not regarding either the worth of gospel grace, or the want of it, and our undone state without it The Lord's judgments under the gospel dispensation are chiefl spiritual, but are on that account the more to be dreaded. Here is a appeal to the consciences of sinners. Even partial neglects will no escape rebukes; they often bring darkness on the souls they do no finally ruin. The setting forth the gospel was continued and confirme by those who heard Christ, by the evangelists and apostles, who wer witnesses of what Jesus Christ began both to do and to teach; and by the gifts of the Holy Ghost, qualified for the work to which they wer called. And all this according to God's own will. It was the will of God that we should have sure ground for our faith, and a stron foundation for our hope in receiving the gospel. Let us mind this on thing needful, and attend to the Holy Scriptures, written by those wh heard the words of our gracious Lord, and were inspired by his Spirit then we shall be blessed with the good part that cannot be taken away.

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    3. How shall we escape (pwv hmeiv ekfeuxomeqa). The rhetorical
    question expressing denial. We is emphatic. We, to whom God has spoken by his Son, and who, therefore, have so much the more reason for giving heed. jEkfeuxomeqa lit. flee out from. The English escape conveys the same idea, but. contains a picture which is not in the Greek word, namely, to slip out of one's cape, ex cappa, and so get away. Comp. French chapper. In Italian we have scappare "to escape," and also incappare "to fall into a snare," and incappuciare "to wrap up in a hood or cape; to mask."

    If we neglect (amelhsantev). Lit. having neglected. Rare in N.T., o P. Comp. Matt. xxii. 5; 1 Tim. iv. 14. The thought falls in with drift past, ver. 1.

    Salvation (swthrian). Characterizing the new dispensation, as the word (ver. 2) characterizes the old. Not the teaching or word of salvation, but the salvation itself which is the gift of the gospel, to be obtained by purification from sin through the agency of the Son (ch. i. 3). Which (htiv) Explanatory. A salvation which may be described as one which was first spoken by the Lord, etc.

    At the first began to be spoken (archn labousa). Lit. having taken beginning to be spoken. Rend. which, having at the first been spoken. The phrase N.T.o .

    By the Lord (dia tou kuriou). Const. withajrchn labousa, not with laleisqai. It is the beginning, not the speaking which is emphasized. Was confirmed (ebebaiwqh). It was sure (bebaiov) even as was the word spoken by angels (ver. 2), and it was confirmed, proved to be real, by the testimony of ear-witnesses.

    By them that heard (upo twn akousantwn). We heard it (ver. 1) from those who heard, the immediate followers of the Lord. The writer thus puts himself in the second generation of Christians. They are not said to have heard the gospel directly from the Lord. Paul, on the other hand, claims that he received the gospel directly from Christ (Gal. i. 11).

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18


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