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A Merciful and Faithful High Priest

10 Certainly it was fitting for God (the one for whom and through whom everything exists), in leading many sons to glory, to bring the author of their salvation to his goal through sufferings. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified all have one Father. For that reason, he is not ashamed to call them brothers.[a] 12 He says:

I will declare your name to my brothers.
Within the congregation I will sing your praise.[b]

13 And again:

I will trust in him.[c]

And again:

Here I am and the children God has given me.[d]

14 Therefore, since the children share flesh and blood,[e] he also shared the same flesh and blood, so that through death he could destroy the one who had the power of death (that is, the Devil) 15 and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. 16 For surely he was not concerned with helping angels but with helping Abraham’s offspring.[f] 17 For this reason, he had to become like his brothers in every way, in order that he would be a merciful and faithful high priest in the things pertaining to God, so that he could pay[g] for the sins of the people. 18 Indeed, because he suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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  1. Hebrews 2:11 When context indicates it, the Greek word for brothers may refer to all fellow believers, male and female.
  2. Hebrews 2:12 Psalm 22:22
  3. Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:17
  4. Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:18
  5. Hebrews 2:14 Literally blood and flesh
  6. Hebrews 2:16 Literally seed
  7. Hebrews 2:17 Or atone