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Hebrews 4:14–5:10

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Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priesto who has ascended into heaven,f p Jesus the Son of God,q let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.r 15 For we do not have a high priests who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we aret—yet he did not sin.u 16 Let us then approachv God’s throne of grace with confidence,w so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

5 Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God,x to offer gifts and sacrificesy for sins.z He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray,a since he himself is subject to weakness.b This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.c And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.d

In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glorye of becoming a high priest.f But God saidg to him,

“You are my Son;

today I have become your Father.”a h

And he says in another place,

“You are a priest forever,

in the order of Melchizedek.ib j

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitionsk with fervent cries and tearsl to the one who could save him from death, and he was heardm because of his reverent submission.n Sono though he was, he learned obedience from what he sufferedp and, once made perfect,q he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priestr in the order of Melchizedek.s

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