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  • Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. - Hebrews 2:17

  • And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God* and are bound for heaven, think about this Jesus whom we declare to be God's Messenger and High Priest.1 - Hebrews 3:1

  • That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. - Hebrews 4:14

  • This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. - Hebrews 4:15

  • Now a high priest is a man chosen to represent other human beings in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers their sacrifices for sins. - Hebrews 5:1

  • And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He has to be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was. - Hebrews 5:4

  • That is why Christ did not exalt himself to become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him, "You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.*"1 - Hebrews 5:5

  • And in another passage God said to him, "You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek."*2 - Hebrews 5:6

  • In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. - Hebrews 5:9

  • And God designated him to be a High Priest in the line of Melchizedek. - Hebrews 5:10

  • Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the line of Melchizedek. - Hebrews 6:20

  • This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against many kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. - Hebrews 7:1

  • There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors--no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God. - Hebrews 7:3

  • Now the priests, who are descendants of Levi, are commanded in the law of Moses to collect a tithe from all the people, even though they are their own relatives.*1 - Hebrews 7:5

  • In the case of Jewish priests, tithes are paid to men who will die. But Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. - Hebrews 7:8

  • And finally, if the priesthood of Levi could have achieved God's purposes--and it was that priesthood on which the law was based--why did God need to send a different priest from the line of Melchizedek, instead of from the line of Levi and Aaron?*2 - Hebrews 7:11

  • And when the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. - Hebrews 7:12
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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