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1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins
2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it's like from his own experience.
3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.
But that also means that he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the people's.
4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
No one elects himself to this honored position. He's called to it by God, as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you";
Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, "You're my Son; today I celebrate you!"
6 as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."
In another place God declares, "You're a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek."
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him.
8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
Though he was God's Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do.
9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek,
10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him.
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Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.