Hebrews 1:1

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

God who at sundry times, and in diuers manners, spake in time past vnto the Fathers by the Prophets,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners,
- American Standard Version (1901)

In times past the word of God came to our fathers through the prophets, in different parts and in different ways;
- Basic English Bible

God having spoken in many parts and in many ways formerly to the fathers in the prophets,
- Darby Bible

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
- Webster's Bible

God, who in ancient days spoke to our forefathers in many distinct messages and by various methods through the Prophets,
- Weymouth Bible

God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
- World English Bible

God, that spak sum tyme bi prophetis in many maneres to oure fadris, at the
- Wycliffe Bible

In many parts, and many ways, God of old having spoken to the fathers in the prophets,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 1:1


1:1 God, who at sundry times - The creation was revealed in the time of Adam; the last judgment, in the time of Enoch: and so at various times, and in various degrees, more explicit knowledge was given. In divers manners - In visions, in dreams, and by revelations of various kinds. Both these are opposed to the one entire and perfect revelation which he has made to us by Jesus Christ. The very number of the prophets showed that they prophesied only in part. Of old - There were no prophets for a large tract of time before Christ came, that the great Prophet might be the more earnestly expected. Spake - A part is put for the whole; implying every kind of divine communication. By the prophets - The mention of whom is a virtual declaration that the apostle received the whole Old Testament, and was not about to advance any doctrine in contradiction to it. Hath in these last times - Intimating that no other revelation is to be expected. Spoken - All things, and in the most perfect manner. By his Son - Alone. The Son spake by the apostles. The majesty of the Son of God is proposed, Absolutely, by the very name of Son, verse 1, and by three glorious predicates, - whom he hath appointed, by whom he made, who sat down; whereby he is described from the beginning to the consummation of all things, #Heb 1:2|,3 Comparatively to angels, #Heb 1:4|. The proof of this proposition immediately follows: the name of Son being proved, #Heb 1:5|; his being heir of all things, #Heb 1:6 |- 9; his making the worlds, #Heb 1:10 |- 12 his sitting at God's right hand, #Heb 1:13|, &c.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 1:1


Heb 1:1 Christ Greater Than Angels and Prophets SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 1: The Message Spoken by the Son. The Glory of the Son. His Superiority to the Angels. God, who. Instead of the introductory greetings usual in an Epistle, the apostle plunges into the midst of his subject by a grand exordium. At sundry times. Rather, "In divers portions", as in the Revised Version. The Old Testament was give in "portions", not all at once, and at wide intervals. Spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. Though prophets might be chosen as the instruments, the message was that of God. While God spoke through them, the prophets were only men.

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