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Hebrews 2:18

    Hebrews 2:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For having been put to the test himself, he is able to give help to others when they are tested.

    Webster's Revision

    For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.

    World English Bible

    For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

    Definitions for Hebrews 2:18

    Succour - To help; aid.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 2:18

    For in that he himself hath suffered - The maxim on which this verse is founded is the following: A state of suffering disposes persons to be compassionate, and those who endure most afflictions are they who feel most for others. The apostle argues that, among other causes, it was necessary that Jesus Christ should partake of human nature, exposed to trials, persecutions, and various sufferings, that he might the better feel for and be led to succor those who are afflicted and sorely tried. This sentiment is well expressed by a Roman poet: -

    Me quoque per multas similis fortuna labores

    Jactatam hac demum voluit consistere terra:

    Non ignara mali, miseris succurere disco.

    Virg. Aen. i., v. 632.

    "For I myself like you, have been distress'd,

    Till heaven afforded me this place of rest;

    Like you, an alien in a land unknown,

    I learn to pity woes so like my own."

    Dryden.

    "There are three things," says Dr. Owen, "of which tempted believers do stand in need:

    1. Strength to withstand their temptations;

    2. Consolations to support their spirits under them;

    3. Seasonable deliverance from them.

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    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 2:18

    For in that he himself ... - "Because" he has suffered, he is able to sympathize with sufferers.

    Being tempted - Or, being "tried." The Greek word used here is more general in its meaning than the English word "tempted." It means to "put to the proof;" to try the nature or character of; and this may be done either:

    (1) by subjecting a person to "afflictions" or "sufferings" that his true character may be tried - that it may be seen whether he has sincere piety and love to God; or.

    (2) by allowing one to fall into "temptation," properly so called - where some strong inducement to evil is presented to the mind, and where it becomes thus a "trial" of virtue.

    The Saviour was subjected to both these in as severe a form as was ever presented to people. His sufferings surpassed all others; and the temptations of Satan (see Matthew 4) were presented in the most alluring form in which he could exhibit them. Being "proved" or "tried" in both these respects, he showed that he had a strength of virtue which could bear all that could ever occur to seduce him from attachment to God; and at the same time to make him a perfect model for those who should be tried in the same manner.

    He is able to succour ... - This does not mean that he would not have had "power" to assist others if he had not gone through these sufferings, but that he is now qualified to sympathize with them from the fact that he has endured like trials.

    "He knows what sore temptations mean,

    For he has felt the same."

    The idea is, that one who has himself been called to suffer is able to sympathize with those who suffer; one who has been tempted, is able to sympathize with those who are tempted in like manner. One who has been sick is qualified to sympathize with the sick; one who has lost a child, can sympathize with him who follows his beloved son or daughter to the grave; one who has had some strong temptation to sin urged upon himself can sympathize with those who are now tempted; one who has never been sick, or who has never buried a friend, or been tempted, is poorly qualified to impart consolation in such scenes. Hence, it is that ministers of the gospel are often - like their Master - much persecuted and afflicted, that they may be able to assist others. Hence, they are called to part with the children of their love; or to endure long and painful sicknesses, or to pass through scenes of poverty and want, that they may sympathize with the most humble and afflicted of their flock. And they should be willing to endure all this; because:

    (1) thus they are like their Master (compare Colossians 1:24; Philippians 3:10); and,

    (2) they are thus enabled to be far more extensively useful.

    Many a minister owes a large part of his usefulness to the fact that he has been much afflicted; and for those afflictions, therefore, he should unfeignedly thank God. The idea which is here expressed by the apostle - that one is enabled to sympathize with others from having himself suffered, was long since beautifully expressed by Virgil:

    "Me quoque per multos similis fortuna labores,

    Jactatam, hac demum voluit consistere terra.

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    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 2:18

    2:18 For in that he hath suffered being tempted himself he is able to succour them that are tempted - That is, he has given a manifest, demonstrative proof that he is able so to do.

    Verses Related to Hebrews 2:18

    Luke 22:31 - And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
    Psalms 119:67 - Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
    James 1:13 - Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: