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

Darby Bible Translation
For this reason we should give heed more abundantly to the things [we have] heard, lest in any way we should slip away.

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,

Hebrews 2:1 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore - Because God has spoken to us by his Son; and because that Son is so great and glorious a personage; and because the subject which is addressed to us is of such infinite importance to our welfare.

We ought to give the more earnest heed - We should hear the doctrine of Christ with care, candour, and deep concern.

Lest at any time we should let them slip - Μη ποτε παραρῥυωμεν· "Lest at any time we should leak out." This is a metaphor taken from unstanch vessels; the staves not being close together, the fluid put into them leaks through the chinks and crevices. Superficial hearers lose the benefit of the word preached, as the unseasoned vessel does its fluid; nor can any one hear to the saving of his soul, unless he give most earnest heed, which he will not do unless he consider the dignity of the speaker, the importance of the subject, and the absolute necessity of the salvation of his soul. St. Chrysostom renders it μη ποτε απολωμεθα, εκπεσωμεν, lest we perish, lest we fall away.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Therefore.

Hebrews 2:2-4 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward...

Hebrews 1:1,2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets...

Hebrews 12:25,26 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

the more.

Deuteronomy 4:9,23 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen...

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day...

Joshua 23:11,12 Take good heed therefore to yourselves, that you love the LORD your God...

1 Chronicles 22:13 Then shall you prosper, if you take heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel...

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.

Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you...

Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Proverbs 4:1-4,20-22 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding...

Proverbs 7:1,2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you...

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it...

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

we should.

Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord...

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

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

2 Peter 1:12,13,15 Why I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them...

2 Peter 3:1 This second letter, beloved, I now write to you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

let them slip. Gr. run out, as leaking vessels.

Habakkuk 1:6 For, see, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land...

Habakkuk 2:16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered...

Library
September 22. "We See not yet all Things Put under Him, but we See Jesus" (Heb. Ii. 8, 9).
"We see not yet all things put under Him, but we see Jesus" (Heb. ii. 8, 9). How true this is to us all! How many things there are that seem to be stronger than we are, but blessed be His name! they are all in subjection under Him, and we see Jesus crowned above them all; and Jesus is our Head, our representative, our other self, and where He is we shall surely be. Therefore when we fail to see anything that God has promised, and that we have claimed in our experience, let us look up and see it realized
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Destroyer Destroyed
There is something fearful in death. It is frightful even to him that hath the most of faith. It is only the gildings of death, the afterwards, the heaven, the harp, the glory, that maketh death bearable even to the Christian. Death in itself must ever be an unutterably fearful thing to the sons of men. And oh! what ruin doth it work! It darkens the windows of the eyes; it pulls down the polished pillars of the divine architecture of the body; it turns the inhabitant the soul, out of its door, and
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

The Son and the Angels.
HEBREWS i. 4-ii. 18. The most dangerous and persistent error against which the theologians of the New Testament had to contend was the doctrine of emanations. The persistence of this error lay in its affinity with the Christian conception of mediation between God and men; its danger sprang from its complete inconsistency with the Christian idea of the person and work of the Mediator. For the Hebrew conception of God, as the "I AM," tended more and more in the lapse of ages to sever Him from all
Thomas Charles Edwards—The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews

The Jordan: the Decisive Start. Matthew 3:13-17. Mark 1:9-1Luke
3:21-22. The Anvil of Experience: knowledge only through experience--the Fourth, Daniel 3:25.--three Hebrews, Daniel 3.--Babylonian premier, Daniel 6:16-23.--George Mueller--Jesus made perfect through experience, Hebrews 2:10. 5:8, 9. 7:28, l.c.--all our experiences, Hebrews 2:14-18. Philippians 2:7. Hebrews 4:15, except through sin, Hebrews 4:15, l.c. 7:26. 2 Corinthians 5:21, f.c. 1 Peter 2:22. 1 John 3:5, l.c.--Jesus' suffering, Philippians 2:6-8. Hebrews 2:9, 17, 18. 4:15. His obedience, Luke
S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus

Cross References
Proverbs 3:21
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;

John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

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