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Hebrews Chapter 1

1 God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

2 has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds.

3 His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, who, when he had by himself purified us of our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high,

4 having become as much better than the angels as the more excellent name he has inherited is better than theirs.

5 For to which of the angels did he say at any time, "You are my Son. Today I have become your father?" and again, "I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?"

6 When he again brings in the firstborn into the world he says, "Let all the angels of God worship him."

7 Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his servants a flame of fire."

8 But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of your Kingdom.

9 You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows."

10 And, "You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the works of your hands.

11 They will perish, but you continue. They all will grow old like a garment does.

12 You will roll them up like a mantle, and they will be changed; but you are the same. Your years won't fail."

13 But which of the angels has he told at any time, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet?"

14 Aren't they all serving spirits, sent out to do service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?


Verse 5
Psalm 2:7
Verse 5
2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13
Verse 6
Deuteronomy 32:43 Septuagint
Verse 7
Psalm 104:4
Verse 9
Psalm 45:6-7
Verse 12
Psalm 102:25-27
Verse 13
Psalm 110:1

Version: World English Bible

Hebrews Chapter 1 Guide

The first words of this epistle plunge to the heart of the subject. Two truths are revealed: the first, God; the second, that God has revealed Himself. Two periods of revelation are referred to, that "of old time," and that "at the end of these days." These periods are contrasted. The first was characterized by diversity. The new is characterized by unity. The whole argument is to show the superiority of the speech that has come through the Son.

His glories are set forth in a sevenfold description. He is "Heir of all things," Creator of the ages, Effulgence of the glory of God, "the very Image of His Substance," the Upholder of all things, the Purifier of sins, joint Ruler with "the Majesty on high."

His superiority to all that had preceded Him is first shown with reference to angels. The argument occupies this and most of the next chapter. The subject is introduced by seven quotations from the Old Testament in which His relationship to God as Son, His superiority in the matter of the divine service, and His sharing of the divine throne, are set forth. The majority of the quotations are from the Psalms.

From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.