2:1 Therefore we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
2:1 Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

2:2 For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,
2:2 For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty,

2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him,
2:3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him,

2:4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will.
2:4 while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.

2:5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.
2:5 Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels.

2:6 It has been testified somewhere, "What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou carest for him?
2:6 But someone has testified somewhere, "What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?

2:7 Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honor,
2:7 You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor,

2:8 putting everything in subjection under his feet." Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
2:8 subjecting all things under their feet." Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them,

2:9 But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one.
2:9 but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

2:10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.
2:10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

2:11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
2:11 For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,

2:12 saying, "I will proclaim thy name to my brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee."
2:12 saying, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you."

2:13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Here am I, and the children God has given me."
2:13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Here am I and the children whom God has given me."

2:14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
2:14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

2:15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.
2:15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.

2:16 For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham.
2:16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham.

2:17 Therefore he had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.
2:17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.

2:18 For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
2:18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.