Hebrews 1:3

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who being the brightnesse of his glory, and the expresse image of his person, and vpholding all things by the word of his power, when hee had by himselfe purged our sinnes, sate down on þe right hand of the Maiestie on high,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who, being the outshining of his glory, the true image of his substance, supporting all things by the word of his power, having given himself as an offering making clean from sins, took his seat at the right hand of God in heaven;
- Basic English Bible

who being [the] effulgence of his glory and [the] expression of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, having made [by himself] the purification of sins, set himself down on the right hand of the greatness on high,
- Darby Bible

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself made purification of our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
- Webster's Bible

He brightly reflects God's glory and is the exact representation of His being, and upholds the universe by His all-powerful word. After securing man's purification from sin He took His seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
- Weymouth Bible

His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself made purification for our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
- World English Bible

Which whanne also he is the briytnesse of glorie, and figure of his substaunce, and berith alle thingis bi word of his vertu, he makith purgacioun of synnes, and syttith on the riythalf of the maieste in heuenes;
- Wycliffe Bible

who being the brightness of the glory, and the impress of His subsistence, bearing up also the all things by the saying of his might -- through himself having made a cleansing of our sins, sat down at the right hand of the greatness in the highest,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 1:3


1:3 Who sat down - The third of these glorious predicates, with which three other particulars are interwoven, which are mentioned likewise, and in the same order, #Col 1:15|,17,20. Who, being - The glory which he received in his exaltation at the right hand of the Father no angel was capable of; but the Son alone, who likewise enjoyed it long before. The brightness of his glory - Glory is the nature of God revealed in its brightness. The express image - Or stamp. Whatever the Father is, is exhibited in the Son, as a seal in the stamp on wax. Of his person - Or substance. The word denotes the unchangeable perpetuity of divine life and power. And sustaining all things - Visible and invisible, in being. By the word of his power - That is, by his powerful word. When he had by himself - Without any Mosaic rites or ceremonies. Purged our sins - In order to which it was necessary he should for a time divest himself of his glory. In this chapter St. Paul describes his glory chiefly as he is the Son of God; afterwards, #Heb 2:6|, &c., the glory of the man Christ Jesus. He speaks, indeed, briefly of the former before his humiliation, but copiously after his exaltation; as from hence the glory he had from eternity began to be evidently seen. Both his purging our sins, and sitting on the right hand of God, are largely treated of in the seven following chapters. Sat down - The priests stood while they ministered: sitting, therefore, denotes the consummation of his sacrifice. This word, sat down, contains the scope, the theme, and the sum, of the epistle.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 1:3


Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory. A manifestation of the glory of God. And the express image of his person. In Christ we have a tangible, visible representation of the substance of God. We see God in him: "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (Joh 14:9). And upholding all things by the word of his power. The Son hath all power, and his power was always manifested by his word. He spoke and it was done, whether it was still the winds or to raise the dead. So in creation, the word was spoken and it was done. When he had by himself had made purged our sins. Made an atonement for them. Sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Of God. The right hand was always the place of honor. See PNT "Eph 1:20".

Discussion for Hebrews 1

  • Michael C.
    Dominic, part of the answer to your question is in the narrative of the beginning itself. In Gen. 3, after the man and his wife disobeyed and sinned, God called them to give account of what happened. He didn't give the devil a jury trial; He had two witnesses; and so He judged. They were allowed the remaining time of their lives in this existence based on the word of Christ coming to die for us.
  • Dominic Butler
    I am confused, does this mean that God and Jesus created earth? Or is it in reference to the trinity?
  • Quansto
    Heb 1:6 calls Jesus first begotten . Meaning he was the only one created by God alone . Everything else the son helped his Father Jehovah. Verse 9 Jesus calls him thy God showing his subjection to his Father
  • Bill
    Satan is the prince or god of this world. Jesus does not presently rule over this world. At the temptation Satan offered the rulership of this world and Jesus rejected it. The Son's kingship starts with the Millenniel Kingdom. Now he rules in the hearts of those believers that continually place their trust in him for sanctification, but at this present time he is not the King of this world.
  • Irene123
    To Wayne on the trinity- "................Christ in you, the hope of glory".
  • Sylvia
    Trinity,
    God is our creater of the heavens and earth, he is the father of Jesus Christ.
    Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour, he saved us from our sins by shedding his precious bleed
    The Holy Spirit came that we would be filled, baptized and empowered ( Gen 1:1-2, John 14:16-17, 1st Corinthian 12:12-14, Act 1:5)

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