Hebrews 2:3 Index
"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;"
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"How shall we escape?..."

  • The rhetorical question demands the answer, "We shall not escape." The pronoun is emphatic in the Greek. The "we" is contrasted with those who in Old Testament times transgressed the Mosaic code (Hebrews 2:2). They neglected "the word spoken by angels" (Hebrews 2:2); those represented by "we" are in danger of neglecting the word spoken by Christ. (7BC 403)

"...neglect..."

  • Greek "ameleo" "to be careless of," "not to care," "to neglect." Many of the Jewish Christians clung to the old Judaic system and were inclined to think depreciatingly of the gospel. It was the purpose of the epistle to show that the old system had come to an end and that salvation could be found only in Christ and the gospel. (7B 403)
  • The warning is applicable in any age. There is no escape for those who are careless of the appeals of the gospel. There may be no outright rejection of Christ but simply a delay and neglect. Such a course is fraught with extreme danger and if persisted in will lead to eternal loss. (7BC 403)

"...so great