The Message

Hebrews 1

11-3 Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words!

The Son Is Higher than Angels

3-6 After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, far higher than any angel in rank and rule. Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.”

Regarding angels he says,

The messengers are winds,
    the servants are tongues of fire.

8-9 But he says to the Son,

You’re God, and on the throne for good;
    your rule makes everything right.
You love it when things are right;
    you hate it when things are wrong.
That is why God, your God,
    poured fragrant oil on your head,
Marking you out as king,
    far above your dear companions.

10-12 And again to the Son,

You, Master, started it all, laid earth’s foundations,
    then crafted the stars in the sky.
Earth and sky will wear out, but not you;
    they become threadbare like an old coat;
You’ll fold them up like a worn-out cloak,
    and lay them away on the shelf.
But you’ll stay the same, year after year;
    you’ll never fade, you’ll never wear out.

13 And did he ever say anything like this to an angel?

Sit alongside me here on my throne
Until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.

14 Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation?

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

希伯來書 1

劃時代的啟示

1在古代,上帝曾藉著先知以各種方式多次向我們的祖先說話; 在這世界的末期,祂又藉著自己的兒子親自向我們說話。上帝早已立祂承受萬物,並藉著祂創造了宇宙萬物。 祂正是上帝榮耀的光輝,是上帝本體的真像。祂用自己充滿能力的話語維繫萬物。祂洗淨了世人的罪之後,便坐在天上至高上帝的右邊。 祂既承受了比天使更高的名分,就遠超越天使。

上帝從未對任何一個天使說:

「你是我的兒子,我今日成為你父親。」

或說:

「我要作你的父親,你要作我的兒子。」

上帝差遣祂的長子到世上來時,說:

「上帝的天使都要敬拜祂。」

上帝提到天使的時候,也只是說:

「上帝使祂的天使成為風,使祂的僕役成為火焰。」

但論到祂的兒子,祂卻說:

「上帝啊,你的寶座永遠長存,
你以公義的杖執掌王權。
你喜愛公義,憎惡邪惡。
所以上帝,你的上帝,
用喜樂之油膏你,使你超過同伴。」

10 此外又說:

「主啊,太初你奠立大地的根基,
親手創造諸天。
11 天地都要消亡,但你永遠長存。
天地都會像衣服漸漸破舊,
12 你要像捲外衣一樣把天地捲起來。
天地將如衣服一樣被更換,
但你永遠不變,
你的年日永無窮盡。」

13 上帝從未對任何一個天使說:

「你坐在我的右邊,
等我使你的仇敵成為你的腳凳。」

14 天使豈不都是服役的靈嗎?他們奉差遣,豈不是去為那些將要承受救恩的人服務嗎?