Hebrews 5:2

2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.

Read Hebrews 5:2 Using Other Translations

Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.

What does Hebrews 5:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Hebrews 5:2

Who can have compassion on the ignorant
Who have committed sins of ignorance, and bring their sacrifices for them; these he does not insult and upbraid, nor break out into anger and indignation against; but pities them, and sympathizes with them; has a just measure of compassion suitable to their condition, and bears with them with great moderation and temper:

and on them that are out of the way;
of God's commandments; who are like sheep going astray, and turn to their own way; who transgress the law of God, and err from it; perhaps such who sin knowingly and wilfully, and through infirmity, are meant:

for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity;
not of body only, but of mind, sinful infirmity; he had much of it, it beset him all around; he was "clothed" with it, as the Syriac version renders it; as Joshua the high priest was with filthy garments, ( Zechariah 3:3 ) .

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