Chapter
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Verse
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Hebrews 2:6

ESV It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?
NIV But there is a place where someone has testified: 'What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?
NASB But someone has testified somewhere, saying, 'WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU THINK OF HIM? OR A SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?
CSB But someone somewhere has testified:What is man that you remember him,or the son of man that you care for him?
NLT For in one place the Scriptures say, 'What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man that you should care for him?
KJV 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?

What does Hebrews 2:6 mean?

To modern eyes and ears, it seems odd to refer to the Scripture as saying something "somewhere." However, the writer of Hebrews is just using flowery language—a turn of phrase the original readers would have recognized naturally. The audience of this letter are Jewish Christians, who are familiar with the Old Testament texts. So this phrasing is a bit like asking modern-day Christians, "doesn't the Bible say somewhere that God loved the world so much He sent His son? (John 3:16)" The "somewhere" phrasing, then, is really a reminder of something in the Scriptures which the readers obviously already know.

Verses 6, 7, and 8 of this passage cite Psalm 8:4–6. This Psalm praises God for using His creation—human beings—to rule the earth, instead of ruling it directly. The main point being made in the Psalm is that people are given great value by God, even though we really don't deserve it. And, not only are we valued, we are also given power and authority, which we likewise don't truly deserve. We're sinners, but God still holds us in a special place.

The writer of Hebrews will apply this idea to Jesus. God created mankind, and gave them power and authority, despite their sin. This means becoming human is not "beneath" God, and Messiah taking on a human form fits the destiny of man: to be in human form but to have authority in creation. This verse, in particular, hinges heavily on the psalmist's used of the term "son of man," which the Jewish people associated with the Promised One (Daniel 7:13–14).
Expand
Expand
Expand
What is the Gospel?
Download the app: