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Our Compassionate High Priest

14 Seeing then that we have a great (A)High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, (B)let us hold fast our confession. 15 For (C)we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but (D)was in all points tempted as we are, (E)yet without sin. 16 (F)Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Qualifications for High Priesthood

For every high priest taken from among men (G)is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can [a]have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to (H)weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for (I)himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as (J)Aaron was.

A Priest Forever

(K)So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:

(L)“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”

As He also says in another place:

(M)“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had (N)offered up prayers and supplications, (O)with vehement cries and tears to Him (P)who was able to save Him from death, and was heard (Q)because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned (R)obedience by the things which He suffered. And (S)having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest (T)“according to the order of Melchizedek,”

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 5:2 deal gently with

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