Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 1


God spoke of old by the prophets, but now by his Son, who is incomparably greater than the Angels.

1 God having spoken at different times and in many ways, in times past, to the fathers, by the prophets: last of all,

2 In these days hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world:

3 *Who being the splendour of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high:

4 Being made so much better than the Angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they.

5 For, to which of the Angels hath he said 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 introduceth the first begotten into the world, he saith: *And let all the Angels of God adore him.

7 And to the Angels indeed he saith: *He that maketh his Angels, spirits: and his ministers, a flame of fire.

8 But to the Son: *Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

9 Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy partners.

10 And: *Thou in the beginning, O Lord, hast found the earth: and the heavens are the works of thy hands.

11 They shall perish, but thou shalt continue: and they shall all grow old as a garment:

12 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the self-same, and thy years shall not fail.

13 But to which of the Angels said he at any time: *Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?____________________


3: Wisdom vii. 26.

5: Psalm ii. 7. --- ** 2 Kings vii. 14.

6: Psalm xcvi. 7.

7: Psalm ciii. 4.

8: Psalm xliv. 7.

10: Psalm ci. 26.

13: Psalm cix. 1.; 1 Corinthians i. 25.