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Hebrews 2:2

    Hebrews 2:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because if the word which came through the angels was fixed, and in the past every evil act against God's orders was given its full punishment;

    Webster's Revision

    For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

    World English Bible

    For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

    Definitions for Hebrews 2:2

    Stedfast - Firm; fixed; steady.
    Transgression - Wrong-doing; a violation of a law.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 2:2

    If the word spoken by angels - The law, (according to some), which was delivered by the mediation of angels, God frequently employing these to communicate his will to men. See Acts 7:53; and Galatians 3:19. But the apostle probably means those particular messages which God sent by angels, as in the case of Lot, Genesis 19: and such like.

    Was steadfast - Was so confirmed by the Divine authority, and so strict, that it would not tolerate any offense, but inflicted punishment on every act of transgression, every case in which the bounds laid down by the law, were passed over; and every act of disobedience in respect to the duties enjoined.

    Received a just recompense - That kind and degree of punishment which the law prescribed for those who broke it.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 2:2

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 2:2

    2:2 In giving the law, God spoke by angels; but in proclaiming the gospel, by his Son. Steadfast - Firm and valid. Every transgression - Commission of sin. Every disobedience - Omission of duty.