Hebrews 2:1
New International Version
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

New Living Translation
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.

English Standard Version
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Berean Study Bible
We must pay closer attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Berean Literal Bible
Because of this, it behooves us to give heed more abundantly to the things we have heard, lest ever we should drift away.

King James Bible
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

New King James Version
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

New American Standard Bible
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

NASB 1995
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

NASB 1977
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Amplified Bible
For this reason [that is, because of God’s final revelation in His Son Jesus and because of Jesus’ superiority to the angels] we must pay much closer attention than ever to the things that we have heard, so that we do not [in any way] drift away from truth.

Christian Standard Bible
For this reason, we must pay attention all the more to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.

American Standard Version
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them .

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, we are indebted that we should be all the more attentive to whatever we have heard, lest we fall.

Contemporary English Version
We must give our full attention to what we were told, so we won't drift away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore ought we more diligently to observe the things which we have heard, lest perhaps we should let them slip.

English Revised Version
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them.

Good News Translation
That is why we must hold on all the more firmly to the truths we have heard, so that we will not be carried away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For this reason we must pay closer attention to what we have heard. Then we won't drift away [from the truth].

International Standard Version
For this reason we must pay closer attention to the things we have heard, or we may drift away,

Literal Standard Version
Because of this it is more abundantly necessary to take heed to the things heard, lest we may drift away,

NET Bible
Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, so that we will not drift away.

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason we ought to pay the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, for fear we should drift away from them.

World English Bible
Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of this it behoveth us more abundantly to take heed to the things heard, lest we may glide aside,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Salvation Confirmed
1We must pay closer attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every transgression and disobedience received its just punishment,…

Cross References
Proverbs 3:21
My son, do not lose sight of this: Preserve sound judgment and discernment.

John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus was hidden and went out of the temple area.


Treasury of Scripture

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Therefore.

Hebrews 2:2-4
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; …

Hebrews 1:1,2
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, …

Hebrews 12:25,26
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: …

the more.

Deuteronomy 4:9,23
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; …

Deuteronomy 32:46,47
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law…

Joshua 23:11,12
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God…

we should.

Hebrews 12:5
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Matthew 16:9
Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

Mark 8:18
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

let them slip.

Habakkuk 1:6
For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.

Habakkuk 2:16
Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.









II.

(1-4) These verses must be closely joined with the first chapter. Before advancing to the next step in his argument, the writer pauses to enforce the duty which results from what has been already established. But (as in Hebrews 4:14-16) the exhortation does not interrupt the thought, but rather serves as a connecting link. (See Note on Hebrews 2:5.)

(1) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard.--Better, to the things heard; for this expression contains the complement of the thought of Hebrews 1:1. Both "speak" and "hear" are words which carry weighty emphasis in this Epistle. (See Hebrews 1:1; Hebrews 2:2; Hebrews 12:25; Hebrews 3:5; Hebrews 3:7; Hebrews 4:2, et al.) Because of the supreme dignity of Him in whom at the last God speaks, men are bound to give the more earnest heed to the words spoken, whether heard by them from the Lord Himself or (as in this case, Hebrews 2:3) from His servants.

Lest at any time we should let them slip.--This translation (first introduced by the Genevan Bible of 1560) substantially gives the sense, but inverts the figure presented in the Greek. The words must be rendered, lest possibly we drift away (Wiclif, "lest perauenture we fleten awey"). It is the man that is in danger of being carried along by the current: unless the mind be held closely to the words that God has spoken, it must drift away from them, and from the salvation which they promise. There seems no foundation for the rendering of the margin, first given in the Genevan Testament of 1557.

Verses 1-5. - INTERPOSED EXHORTATION as explained above. Verse 1. - On this account (i.e. on account of what has been seen of the SON'S superiority to the angels) we ought (or, we are bound) more abundantly to give heed to the things that we have heard (i.e. the gospel that has been preached to us in the Son), lest at any time (or, lest haply) we let them slip (rather, float past them). The word παραρρυῶμεν (aorist subjunctive from παραρρέω) denotes flowing or floating past anything. The allusion is to the danger, incidental to those to whom the Epistle was addressed, of failing to recognize the transcendent character of the gospel revelation, missing it through inadvertence, drifting away from it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
We
ἡμᾶς (hēmas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

must
δεῖ (dei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.

pay closer attention,
προσέχειν (prosechein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 4337: From pros and echo; to hold the mind towards, i.e. Pay attention to, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to.

therefore,
Διὰ (Dia)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

to what
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

we have heard,
ἀκουσθεῖσιν (akoustheisin)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

so that we do not drift away.
παραρυῶμεν (pararyōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 3901: From para and the alternate of rheo; to flow by, i.e. carelessly pass.


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