Hebrews 1:4

“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Being made so much better then the Angels, as hee hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name then they.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Having become by so much better than the angels, as the name which is his heritage is more noble than theirs.
- Basic English Bible

taking a place by so much better than the angels, as he inherits a name more excellent than they.
- Darby Bible

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
- Webster's Bible

having become as far superior to the angels as the Name He possesses by inheritance is more excellent than theirs.
- Weymouth Bible

having become so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they have.
- World English Bible

and so myche is maad betere than aungels, bi hou myche he hath eneritid a more dyuerse name bifor hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

having become so much better than the messengers, as he did inherit a more excellent name than they.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 1:4


1:4 This verse has two clauses, the latter of which is treated of, #Heb 1:5|; the former, #Heb 1:13|. Such transpositions are also found in the other epistles of St. Paul, but in none so frequently as in this. The Jewish doctors were peculiarly fond of this figure, and used it much in all their writings. The apostle therefore, becoming all things to all men, here follows the same method. All the inspired writers were readier in all the figures of speech than the most experienced orators. Being - By his exaltation, after he had been lower than them, #Heb 2:9|. So much higher than the angels - It was extremely proper to observe this, because the Jews gloried in their law, as it was delivered by the ministration of angels. How much more may we glory in the gospel, which was given, not by the ministry of angels, but of the very Son of God! As he hath by inheritance a more excellent name - Because he is the Son of God, he inherits that name, in right whereof he inherits all things His inheriting that name is more ancient than all worlds; his inheriting all things, as ancient as all things. Than they - This denotes an immense pre - eminence. The angels do not inherit all things, but are themselves a portion of the Son's inheritance, whom they worship as their Lord.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 1:4


Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels. Superior to the angels. As he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. His superiority is shown in the greater name, which he received by inheritance; that of the Son. Our Savior has other names, but this name only is received by inheritance. This superiority is shown by the manner in which God addresses the Son. The apostle particularly shows Christ's superiority to the angels, because through angels the Jewish law was given. See Ac 7:53 Ga 3:19 Heb 2:3.

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