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Jesus, Our Compassionate King-Priest

14 So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest,[a] Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty.[b] 15 He understands humanity, for as a man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin.[c] 16 So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned,[d] to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen[e] us in our time of weakness.[f]

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  1. 4:14 As translated from the Aramaic, which uses a word for a priest not of the Levitical order. The Aramaic word here for priest is not cohen but kumrea.
  2. 4:14 The Aramaic can be translated “who has sorrow with us in our affliction.”
  3. 4:15 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “He was without sin” (sinless).
  4. 4:16 Or “the throne of grace.”
  5. 4:16 The Greek word boetheia means “urgent help,” and is often used as “reinforcing” (a ship in a storm). See Acts 27:17.
  6. 4:16 The Aramaic can be translated “tribulation.”