1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,* whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of Gods glory and the exact imprint of Gods very being, and he sustains* all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
You are my Son;
today I have begotten you?
I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son?
6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
Let all Gods angels worship him.
7Of the angels he says,
He makes his angels winds,
and his servants flames of fire.
8But of the Son he says,
Your throne, O God, is* for ever and ever,
and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your* kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.
In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;
12 like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing* they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will never end.
13But to which of the angels has he ever said,
Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?
14Are not all angels* spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011