Hebrews 7:26
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New International Version
Such a high priest truly meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

New Living Translation
He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.

English Standard Version
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

Berean Study Bible
Such a high priest truly befits us--One who is holy, innocent, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

Berean Literal Bible
For such a high priest indeed was fitting for us, holy, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and having become higher than the heavens,

New American Standard Bible
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

King James Bible
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

International Standard Version
We need such a high priest—one who is holy, innocent, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

NET Bible
For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

New Heart English Bible
For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For because this Priest also was right for us: pure, without malice and without defilement, who is separate from sin and exalted higher than Heaven,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We need a chief priest who is holy, innocent, pure, set apart from sinners, and who has the highest position in heaven.

New American Standard 1977
For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it was expedient that we have such a high priest, who is holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens,

King James 2000 Bible
For such a high priest was befitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

American King James Version
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

American Standard Version
For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Darby Bible Translation
For such a high priest became us, holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and become higher than the heavens:

English Revised Version
For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Webster's Bible Translation
For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Weymouth New Testament
Moreover we needed just such a High Priest as this--holy, guileless, undefiled, far removed from sinful men and exalted above the heavens;

World English Bible
For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Young's Literal Translation
For such a chief priest did become us -- kind, harmless, undefiled, separate from the sinners, and become higher than the heavens,
Study Bible
A Superior Priesthood
25Therefore He is able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. 26Such a high priest truly befits us — One who is holy, innocent, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people; He sacrificed for sin once for all when He offered up Himself.…
Cross References
Numbers 29:26
'Then on the fifth day: nine bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs one year old without defect;

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Ephesians 4:10
He who descended is the very one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.

Hebrews 2:17
So He had to be made like His brothers in every way, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 3:1
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, set your minds on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

Hebrews 4:14
Therefore, since we have such a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we profess.

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.

1 Peter 2:22
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth."
Treasury of Scripture

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

such.

Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood…

Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such …

Hebrews 9:23-26 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens …

Hebrews 10:11-22 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes …

became.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, …

Luke 24:26,46 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory…

holy.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

Exodus 28:36 And you shall make a plate of pure gold, and grave on it, like the …

Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; …

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come …

Luke 23:22,41,47 And he said to them the third time, Why, what evil has he done? I …

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

Acts 3:14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer …

Acts 4:27 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish …

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but …

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

made.

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into …

Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have …

Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Ephesians 4:8-10 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

Philippians 2:9-11 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

Revelation 1:17,18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right …

(26) For such an high priest.--Better, For such a one also became us as (our) High Priest. Such a priest as has been portrayed was the High Priest that befitted us--no one less exalted could have met our necessities. The added words carry the description farther still. The thought of high priest immediately brings to mind the annual Day of Atonement, to which belonged the characteristic ministration of the high priest. As we read the following words we cannot doubt their direct reference to the ceremonial observances of that day.

Holy.--Not the word of Hebrews 3:1, but a word seldom used in the New Testament (except in quotations), though of frequent occurrence in the LXX. (as in Deuteronomy 33:8; Psalm 4:3; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 132:9; Psalm 132:16): the idea contained is that of holy purity. The next word may denote either freedom from malice or evil, or freedom from guile (Romans 16:18); the former meaning is more likely here. The three words, denoting personal purity and innocence and freedom from all pollution of sin, present the idea of which the ceremonial purity of the high priest was the type. Seven days before the Day of Atonement the high priest left his house and took up his abode in the Temple, that, thus separated from men and things unclean, he might when the day arrived be found free from all defilement; five washings and ten purifications were required of him on the day itself.

Separate from sinners.--These words may be understood in two ways--as connecting themselves either with what goes before or with the following words. If they extend the idea expressed by "undefined," they point to the perfect sinlessness of our Lord, who lived amongst sinners and yet was ever separated from their sin--not needing external separation to preserve Him from pollution. If this member is to be joined with the following, it points to the complete severance which now exists: our exalted Lord is for ever removed from a life in the midst of transgressors. The latter view receives some support from Hebrews 9:28, but is on other grounds less probable. With the concluding words comp. Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 8:1; Ephesians 4:10.

Verse 26. - For such a High Priest became us, holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. Such a High Priest, it is said, for us was fitting. The same word ἔπρεπε was used in Hebrews 2:10, where the humiliation of Christ was spoken cf. It was there said that to make the Captain of our salvation perfect through suffering "became" God - was befitting to what we conceive of the Divine nature. It is now said that our High Priest's being such as is here described "became" us - was befitting to our state and needs. That he should be both human and superhuman was in all respects fitting - the one that he might be our sympathizing brother; the other that his intercession might avail. The further description of him in this verse is suggested by the qualifications of the Aaronic high priest, what they typified being realized in Christ. The high priest was by his consecration a holy person, ἅγιος (Leviticus 21:6, 8, etc.); he bore on his miter "Holiness to the Lord" (Exodus 39:30); he must be without personal blemish (Leviticus 21:17, etc.); he must keep himself continually from all ceremonial pollution (Leviticus 21. and 22.); he must purify himself by a sacrifice for himself and by special ablutions before entering the holy of holies (Leviticus 16.); when there, he was conceived as in God's presence, apart from the world of sinners outside. Christ was not only ἅγιος, but ὅσιος, personally and inwardly holy (Christians in the New Testament are all called ἅγιος, but not all ὁσίοι: for the use of which word, el. Titus 1:8; Acts 2:27; Acts 13:34, where it is applied to Christ, τὸν ὅσιον σου: and Revelation 15:4-16:5, where it is applied to God as his special attribute, ὅτι μόνος ὅσιος); Christ was actually free from evil (ἄκακος) and undefiled (ἀμίαντος). by any contact of sin; and as such he has passed to God's actual presence (cf. διελελύθοτα τοὺς οὐρανοὺς, Hebrews 4:14), separated forever from the world of sinners. For such an high priest became us,.... Is suitable to us, answers to our cases and necessities, is every way such an one as is wanted:

who is holy; by nature, originally and underivatively, perfectly and completely, internally as well as externally; he was typified by the high priest, who had holiness to the Lord written on his forehead, and far exceeds any of the priests in holiness; and such an one becomes us, for had he not been holy he could not have entered into the holy place for us, or have appeared there on our account, or have been our sanctification; so Philo the Jew speaks of the true priest as being not man, but the divine Word, and as free from all sin voluntary and involuntary (x).

harmless; without any vitiosity in his nature, without guile in his mouth, or malice in his heart; doing no injury to any man's person or property: the character chiefly regards the innocence and holiness of his life and conversation; and in which he exceeded the priests under the law; and is a suitable one for us, for hereby he was fit to be made sin, and to take it away:

undefiled; with the sin of Adam, with which all mankind are defiled; with the blood of slain beasts, with which the priests under the law were sprinkled; with the filthy conversation of the wicked, which affects good men: hence he was more excellent than the priests under the law; and one that becomes us, since his blood is the blood of a lamb, without spot and blemish: the high priests under the law, according to the Jews (y), were to excel their brethren in knowledge, beauty, and riches; but the distinguishing character of our high priest is purity and holiness:

separate from sinners; not but that he took the nature of sinners, though not a sinful nature; and he was often in the company of sinners, when on earth, and was reckoned among them, and as one of them; but he was separated from them in Adam; he was not among the individuals of human nature that sinned in him; and he was brought into the world in a different manner from them, not descending from Adam by ordinary generation; and he had no communion with them in sin; nor did he encourage them to it in the days of his flesh; and now he is removed far from them; and herein he exceeds the priests under the law, and is suitable to us: the Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "separate from sins"; the allusion seems to be, to the separating of the high priest from his own house to one of the courts of the temple seven days before the day of atonement (z), and so before the burning of the heifers (a):

and made higher than the heavens; than the visible heavens, the airy and starry heavens, and than the angels in heaven; and so preferable to the high priests, and exceedingly agreeable to us, Hebrews 4:14 the allusion may be to the carrying of the high priest on the day of atonement to an upper chamber in the temple, called the chamber of Abtines (b): this may be understood either of Christ's exaltation in heaven, where angels are subject to him, and his priesthood is completed; or of his excelling the angels in the holiness of his nature, which agrees with the other characters in the text, and stands opposed to the infirmities of the priests.

(x) De Profugis, p. 466, 467. & de Victimis, p. 843. (y) Maimon, & Bartenora in Misn, Yoma, c, 1. sect. 3.((z) Misn. Yoma, c. 1. sect. 1.((a) Misn. Parah, c. 3. sect. 1.((b) Misn. Yoma, c. 1. sect. 5. 26. such—as is above described. The oldest manuscripts read, "also." "For to US (as sinners; emphatical) there was also becoming (besides the other excellencies of our High Priest) such an High Priest."

holy—"pious" (a distinct Greek word from that for holy, which latter implies consecration) towards God; perfectly answering God's will in reverent piety (Ps 16:10).

harmless—literally, "free from evil" and guile, in relation to Himself.

undefiled—not defiled by stain contracted from others, in relation to men. Temptation, to which He was exposed, left no trace of evil in Him.

separate—rather, "separated from sinners," namely, in His heavenly state as our High Priest above, after He had been parted from the earth, as the Levitical high priest was separated from the people in the sanctuary (whence he was not to go out), Le 21:12. Though justifying through faith the ungodly, He hath no contact with them as such. He is lifted above our sinful community, being "made higher than the heavens," at the same time that He makes believers as such (not as sinners), "to sit together (with Him) in heavenly places" (Eph 2:6). Just as Moses on the mount was separated from and above the people, and alone with God. This proves Jesus is God. "Though innumerable lies have been forged against the venerable Jesus, none dared to charge Him with any intemperance" [Origen].

made—Jesus was higher before (Joh 17:5), and as the God-MAN was made so by the Father after His humiliation (compare Heb 1:4).

higher than the heavens—for "He passed through [so the Greek] the heavens" (Heb 4:14).7:26-28 Observe the description of the personal holiness of Christ. He is free from all habits or principles of sin, not having the least disposition to it in his nature. No sin dwells in him, not the least sinful inclination, though such dwells in the best of Christians. He is harmless, free from all actual transgression; he did no violence, nor was there any deceit in his mouth. He is undefiled. It is hard to keep ourselves pure, so as not to partake the guilt of other men's sins. But none need be dismayed who come to God in the name of his beloved Son. Let them be assured that he will deliver them in the time of trial and suffering, in the time of prosperity, in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment.
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