1 God, having spoken in former times in fragmentary and varied fashion to our forefathers by the prophets,
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
1 God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways,
2 has in these last days spoken to us by a Son whom he appointed to be the heir of everything and through whom he also made the universe.
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
2 has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum].
3 He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact likeness of his being, and he holds everything together by his powerful word. After he had provided a cleansing from sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Highest Majesty
3 (d)And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact (J)representation of His nature, and (e)(K)upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made (L)purification of sins, He (M)sat down at the right hand of the (N)Majesty on high,
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;
3 The Son is the radiance(b) of God’s glory and the exact expression(c) of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins,(d) He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.(e)(F)
3 The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s (a)Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal]. When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt, He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority],
4 and became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is better than theirs.
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son. Today I have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"?
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he brings his firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 Now about the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire."
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is a righteous scepter.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. That is why God, your God, anointed you rather than your companions with the oil of gladness."
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, "In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They will come to an end, but you will remain forever. They will all wear out like clothes.
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
11 They will perish, but You remain [forever and ever];And they will all wear out like a garment,
12 You will roll them up like a robe, and they will be changed like clothes. But you remain the same, and your life will never end."
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels did he ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet"?
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 All of them are spirits on a divine mission, sent to serve those who are about to inherit salvation, aren't they?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
14 Are not all the angels ministering spirits sent out [by God] to serve (accompany, protect) those who will inherit salvation? [Of course they are!]
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