Hebrews 2:3

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great saluation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed vnto vs by them that heard him,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard;
- American Standard Version (1901)

What will come on us, if we do not give our minds to such a great salvation? a salvation of which our fathers first had knowledge through the words of the Lord, and which was made certain to us by those to whom his words came;
- Basic English Bible

how shall *we* escape if we have been negligent of so great salvation, which, having had its commencement in being spoken [of] by the Lord, has been confirmed to us by those who have heard;
- Darby Bible

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him;
- Webster's Bible

how shall *we* escape if we are indifferent to a salvation as great as that now offered to us? This, after having first of all been announced by the Lord Himself, had its truth made sure to us by those who heard Him,
- Weymouth Bible

how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation--which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard;
- World English Bible

hou schulen we ascape, if we despisen so greet an heelthe? Which, whanne it hadde takun bigynnyng to be teld out by the Lord, of hem that herden is confermyd in to vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

how shall we escape, having neglected so great salvation? which a beginning receiving -- to be spoken through the Lord -- by those having heard was confirmed to us,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 2:3


2:3 So great a salvation - A deliverance from so great wickedness and misery, into so great holiness and happiness. This was first spoken of (before he came it was not known) by Him who is the Lord - of angels as well as men. And was confirmed to us - Of this age, even every article of it. By them that had heard him - And had been themselves also both eye - witnesses and ministers of the word.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 2:3


Heb 2:3 How shall we escape. How then, if this was true of the law, can we hope to escape if he neglect the message of the Son? So great salvation. Not a temporal, but an eternal salvation, the salvation of the gospel. Which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord. More especially after his death and resurrection when he bade his disciples go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Which was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him]. If Paul was the writer of Hebrews he places himself in the position of the church, for elsewhere he tells us plainly that he received the gospel from the Lord himself. The apostles who had heard and seen the risen Christ first proclaimed his gospel publicly on Pentecost, an event evidently alluded to in this passage.

Discussion for Hebrews 2

  • Dudley House
    Paul in making reference to David's question in Psalms - 'What is man that though art mindful of him and The Son of man that though visitest Him? is focussing on the very heart of the gospel. The extreme nature of the love of God is the full and complete answer to Davids somewhat rhetorical question and it defines it through the amazing provision of The Son of Man Christ in His earthen vessel form, voyaging to earth the first time to embrace all the children of Adam within His great arms of Love. By 'coming to ourselves' and trudging off toward home we are expected to be a long way off and The Father in Jesus runs to meet us. It is not until we are safely in His arms that we are enabled to confess the absolute depravity of our motives and cease from attempting to be but one of His hired servants. What a testimony to the love of the Father that He completely ignores our protestations and our very catholic tendencies to ingratiate ourselves back into His Kingdom Estate. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. And be therefore ready when He comes in the clouds of Glory to throw His Robe of Righteousness over your shoulder - place a ring on your finger and place sandals of peace upon your feet.
  • Eder Emmett Hill, Jr.
    Yes, born again steadfast believers will be ready when Jesus comes, exempt from the cut, they are the chosen elect
  • Dorothy Tillis
    JESUS CHRIST did say I am the way the truth and the light, no man cometh unto the FATHER except through by me. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. No sinner has eternal life. The only blood sacrifice that is acceptable by GOD is JESUS CHRIST; WHO came into the world to die for the sins of the world, for the remission, forgiveness of sin. Confess JESUS with your mouth.
  • Sylvia
    I agree with Hary Collins, Jesus Christ is our only hope of salvation. I pray that we repent seek him while he can still be found. The Day of the Lord is coming! Will God's people be ready?
  • Guyson Liberal for verse 3
    I love it and want to obey and follow my jesus
  • John madden for verse 2
    If under the law they were found guilt .how much more by disobeying the gospel

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