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Hebrews 2:5

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— For not unto angels did he subject the world to come, whereof we speak.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For not unto angels did he subject the world to come, whereof we speak.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For to the angels he hath not put in subjection the world to come, concerning which we speak.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For he has not subjected to angels the habitable world which is to come, of which we speak;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, not unto messengers, hath he subjected the coming habitable earth of which we are speaking;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For not to messengers did He subject the coming world, concerning which we speak,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For God hath not subjected unto angels the world to come, whereof we speak.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— For he hath not put in subiection vnto the Angels the world to come, whereof we speake.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For vnto the Angels hath he not put in subiection the world to come, whereof we speake.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— For he has not put into subjection to the angels the world to come, whereof we speak.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— FOR it was not to the angels he subjected the world which is future, of which we discourse.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For to the angels he hath not subjected the world to come, of which we speak.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
unto the angels 32
{0032} Prime
From ἀγγέλλω [[aggello]] (probably derived from G0071; compare G0034; to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication a pastor.
hath he y5293
[5293] Standard
From G5259 and G5021; to subordinate; reflexively to obey.
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
put in subjection 5293
{5293} Prime
From G5259 and G5021; to subordinate; reflexively to obey.
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
world 3625
{3625} Prime
Feminine participle present passive of G3611 (as noun, by implication of G1093); land, that is, the (terrene part of the) globe; specifically the Roman empire.
to come, 3195
{3195} Prime
A strengthened form of G3199 (through the idea of expectation); to intend, that is, be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
whereof 4012
{4012} Prime
From the base of G4008; properly through (all over), that is, around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period).
{3739} Prime
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
we speak. 2980
{2980} Prime
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 2:5

_ _ For — confirming the assertion, Hebrews 2:2, Hebrews 2:3, that the new covenant was spoken by One higher than the mediators of the old covenant, namely, angels. Translate in the Greek order, to bring out the proper emphasis, “Not the angels hath He,” etc.

_ _ the world to come — implying, He has subjected to angels the existing world, the Old Testament dispensation (then still partly existing as to its framework), Hebrews 2:2, the political kingdom of the earth (Daniel 4:13; Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:20, Daniel 10:21; Daniel 12:1), and the natural elements (Revelation 9:11; Revelation 16:4). and even individuals (Matthew 18:10). “The world to come” is the new dispensation brought in by Christ, beginning in grace here, to be completed in glory hereafter. It is called “to come,” or “about to be,” as at the time of its being subjected to Christ by the divine decree, it was as yet a thing of the future, and is still so to us, in respect to its full consummation. In respect to the subjecting of all things to Christ in fulfillment of Psalms 8:1-9, the realization is still “to come.” Regarded from the Old Testament standpoint, which looks prophetically forward to the New Testament (and the Jewish priesthood and Old Testament ritual were in force then when Paul wrote, and continued till their forcible abrogation by the destruction of Jerusalem), it is “the world to come”; Paul, as addressing Jews, appropriately calls it so, according to their conventional way of viewing it. We, like them, still pray, “Thy kingdom come”; for its manifestation in glory is yet future. “This world” is used in contrast to express the present fallen condition of the world (Ephesians 2:2). Believers belong not to this present world course, but by faith rise in spirit to “the world to come,” making it a present, though internal. reality. Still, in the present world, natural and social, angels are mediately rulers under God in some sense: not so in the coming world: man in it, and the Son of man, man’s Head, are to be supreme. Hence greater reverence was paid to angels by men in the Old Testament than is permitted in the New Testament. For man’s nature is exalted in Christ now, so that angels are our “fellow servants” (Revelation 22:9). In their ministrations they stand on a different footing from that on which they stood towards us in the Old Testament. We are “brethren” of Christ in a nearness not enjoyed even by angels (Hebrews 2:10-12, Hebrews 2:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Hebrews 2:5-9

_ _ The apostle, having made this serious application of the doctrine of the personal excellency of Christ above the angels, now returns to that pleasant subject again, and pursues it further (Hebrews 2:5): For to the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

_ _ I. Here the apostle lays down a negative proposition, including a positive one — That the state of the gospel-church, which is here called the world to come, is not subjected to the angels, but under the special care and direction of the Redeemer himself. Neither the state in which the church is at present, nor that more completely restored state at which it shall arrive when the prince of this world is cast out and the kingdoms of the earth shall become the kingdom of Christ, is left to the government of the angels; but Jesus Christ will take to him his great power, and will reign. He does not make that use of the ministration of angels to give the gospel as he did to give the law, which was the state of the old or antiquated world. This new world is committed to Christ, and put in absolute subjection to him only, in all spiritual and eternal concerns. Christ has the administration of the gospel church, which at once bespeaks Christ's honour and the church's happiness and safety. It is certain that neither the first creation of the gospel church, nor its after-edification or administration, nor its final judgment and perfection, is committed to the angels, but to Christ. God would not put so great a trust in his holy ones; his angels were too weak for such a charge.

_ _ II. We have a scripture — account of that blessed Jesus to whom the gospel world is put into subjection. It is taken from Psalms 8:4-6, But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the Son of man, that thou visitest him? etc. There words are to be considered both as applicable to mankind in general, and as applied here to the Lord Jesus Christ.

_ _ 1. As applicable to mankind in general, in which sense we have an affectionate thankful expostulation with the great God concerning his wonderful condescension and kindness to the sons of men. (1.) In remembering them, or being mindful of them, when yet they had no being but in the counsels of divine love. The favours of God to men all spring up out of his eternal thoughts and purposes of mercy for them; as all our dutiful regards to God spring forth from our remembrance of him. God is always mindful of us, let us never be forgetful of him. (2.) In visiting them. God's purpose of favours for men is productive of gracious visits to them; he comes to see us, how it is with us, what we ail, what we want, what dangers we are exposed to, what difficulties we have to encounter; and by his visitation our spirit is preserved. Let us so remember God as daily to approach him in a way of duty. (3.) In making man the head of all the creatures in this lower world, the top-stone of this building, the chief of the ways of God on earth, and only a little lower than the angels in place, and respect to the boy, while here, and to be made like the angels, and equal to the angels, at the resurrection of the just, Luke 20:36. (4.) In crowning him with glory and honour, the honour of having noble powers and faculties of soul, excellent organs and parts of body, whereby he is allied to both worlds, capable of serving the interests of both worlds, and of enjoying the happiness of both. (5.) In giving him right to and dominion over the inferior creatures, which did continue so long as he continued in his allegiance and duty to God.

_ _ 2. As applied to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole that is here said can be applied only to him, Hebrews 2:8, Hebrews 2:9. And here you may observe, (1.) What is the moving cause of all the kindness God shows to men in giving Christ for them and to them; and that is the grace of God. For what is man? (2.) What are the fruits of this free grace of God with respect to the gift of Christ for us and to us, as related in this scripture-testimony. [1.] That God was mindful of Christ for us in the covenant of redemption. [2.] That God visited Christ on our account; and it was concluded between them that in the fulness of time Christ should come into the world, as the great archetypal sacrifice. [3.] That God had made him a little lower than the angels, in his being made man, that he might suffer and humble himself to death. [4.] That God crowned the human nature of Christ with glory and honour, in his being perfectly holy, and having the Spirit without measure, and by an ineffable union with the divine nature in the second person of the Trinity, the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in him bodily; that by his sufferings he might make satisfaction, tasting death for every man, sensibly feeling and undergoing the bitter agonies of that shameful, painful, and cursed death of the cross, hereby putting all mankind into a new state of trial. [5.] That, as a reward of his humiliation in suffering death, he was crowned with glory and honour, advanced to the highest dignity in heaven, and having absolute dominion over all things, thus accomplishing that ancient scripture in Christ, which never was so accomplished or fulfilled in any mere man that ever was upon earth.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 2:5

This verse contains a proof of Hebrews 2:3; the greater the salvation is, and the more glorious the Lord whom we despise, the greater will be our punishment. God hath not subjected the world to come — That is, the dispensation of the Messiah; which being to succeed the Mosaic was usually styled by the Jews, the world to come, although it is still in great measure to come Whereof we now speak — Of which I am now speaking. In this last great dispensation the Son alone presides.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 2:5

(3) For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the (f) world to come, whereof we speak.

(3) If it was an atrocious matter to condemn the angels who are but servants, it is much more atrocious to condemn that most mighty King of the restored world.

(f) The world to come, of which Christ is Father, (Isaiah 9:6) or the Church, which as a new world, was to be gathered together by the gospel.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the world:

Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become [the kingdoms] of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
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He 6:5. 2P 3:13. Rv 11:15.

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