New American Standard Bible
For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
King James Bible
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
Darby Bible Translation
For if the word which was spoken by angels was firm, and every transgression and disobedience received just retribution,
World English Bible
For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense;
Young's Literal Translation
for if the word being spoken through messengers did become stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience did receive a just recompense,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For if the word spoken by angels - The revelation in the Old Testament. It was indeed given by Yahweh, but it was the common opinion of the Hebrews that it was by the ministry of angels; see Acts 7:38, Acts 7:53 notes, and Galatians 3:19 note, where this point is fully considered. As Paul was discoursing here of the superiority of the Redeemer to the angels, it was to the point to refer to the fact that the Law had been given by the ministry of angels.
Was steadfast - Was firm - βέβαιος bebaios; settled - established. It was not vacillating and fluctuating. It determined what crime was, and it was firm in its punishment. It did not yield to circumstances; but if not obeyed in all respects, it denounced punishment. The idea here is not that everything was "fulfilled," but it is that the Law so given could not be violated with impunity. It was not safe to violate it, but it took notice of the slightest failure to yield perfect obedience to its demands.
And every transgression - Literally, "going beyond, passing by." It means every instance of "disregarding" the Law.
And disobedience. - Every instance of "not hearing" the Law - παρακοὴ parakoē - and hence, every instance of disobeying it. The word here stands opposite to "hearing" it, or attending to it - and the sense of the whole is, that the slightest infraction of the Law was sure to be punished. It made no provision for indulgence in sin; it demanded prompt, implicit, and entire obedience. "Received a just recompense of reward." Was strictly punished. Subjected to equal retribution. This was the character of the Law. It threatened punishment for each and every offence, and made no allowance for transgression in any form; compare Numbers 15:30-31.
LibraryMen Chosen --Fallen Angels Rejected
But now we wish to draw your attention to two instances of God's doing as he pleases in the fashioning of the works of his hands--the case of angels, and in the case of men. Angels were the elder born. God created them, and it pleased him to give unto them a free will to do as they pleased; to choose the good or to prefer the evil, even as he did to man: he gave them this stipulation--that if they should prefer the good, then their station in heaven should be for ever fixed and firm; but if they …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856
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you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it."
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.
2 Peter 1:19
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
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