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

  • A disciple
    servant (cont.) The Born From Above are passed from death to life, from the power of Satan unto GOD. Remember how Cain's countenance fell, and he became so angry that he killed his brother? Because his own works were evil, and he was not respected by God because of HIS HYPOCRISY AND FALSENESS OF CHARACTER! It wasn't Abel who was the liar and the hypocrite! It was the one who despised the Saviour!
  • A disciple
    servant; however, contrary to the 'holier than thou' Pharisee, who wouldn't repent himself, but could only go about as an adversary and accuser of the Lord and His disciples; it was the sinners, the tax gatherers and the harlots, who repented and became disciples, who were justified in God's sight. Better look to the beam in one's own eye first!
  • Servant of God
    Paul here quoting psalms and making the argument that born again hang their hat on that Jesus saved us from sin in the flesh by destroying the devil who is the fear of death. But the devil still holds sway on planet earth and born again are like the pharasee holding fast to false arguements that there salvation is assured no matter how hypocritical they show themsevles to be. God has no respect!
  • BSP
    Verse 1 reminds us that we need to pay more than the usual attention due to the critical times and the last days of this system that we are living in.
  • Lilly
    Jesus gives us hope and courage, which help us to overcome anxiety
  • Steve morrow
    HEB 2:1 THEREFORE WE OUGHT TO GIVE THE MORE EARNEST HEED TO THE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE HEARD LEST AT ANY TIME WE SHOULD LET THEM SLIP LUKE 8:21 AND HE ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM MY MOTHER AND MY BRETHREN ARE THESE WHICH HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND DO IT ACTS 27:25 WHEREFORE SIRS BE OF GOOD CHEER FOR I BELIEVE GOD THAT IT SHALL BE EVEN AS IT WAS TOLD ME

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