New International Version
He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.
King James Bible
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.
Darby Bible Translation
being able to exercise forbearance towards the ignorant and erring, since he himself also is clothed with infirmity;
World English Bible
The high priest can deal gently with those who are ignorant and going astray, because he himself is also surrounded with weakness.
Young's Literal Translation
able to be gentle to those ignorant and going astray, since himself also is compassed with infirmity;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who can have compassion on the ignorant - The word μετριοπαθειν, signifies, not merely to have compassion, but to act with moderation, and to bear with each in proportion to his ignorance, weakness, and untoward circumstances, all taken into consideration with the offenses he has committed: in a word, to pity, feel for, and excuse, as far as possible; and, when the provocation is at the highest, to moderate one's passion towards the culprit, and be ready to pardon; and when punishment must be administered, to do it in the gentlest manner.
Instead of αγνοουσι, the ignorant, one MS. only, but that of high repute, has ασθενουσι, the weak. Most men sin much through ignorance, but this does not excuse them if they have within reach the means of instruction. And the great majority of the human race sin through weakness. The principle of evil is strong in them; the occasions of sin are many; through their fall from God they are become exceedingly weak; and what the apostle calls, Hebrews 12:1, that ευπεριστατον ἁμαρτιαν, the well-circumstanced sin, often occurs to every man. But, as in the above ease, weakness itself is no excuse, when the means of strength and succor are always at hand. However, all these are circumstances which the Jewish high priest took into consideration, and they are certainly not less attended to by the High Priest of our profession.
The reason given why the high priest should be slow to punish and prone to forgive is, that he himself is also compassed with weakness; περικειται ασθενειαν; weakness lies all around him, it is his clothing; and as he feels his clothing, so should he feel it; and as he feels it, so he should deplore it, and compassionate others.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
have compassion on. or, reasonably bear with. ignorant.
LibraryThe Lesson of Life
Fifth Sunday in Lent. Chester Training College, 1870. Windsor Castle, 1871. Hebrews v. 7, 8. "Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears, unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared; though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered." This is the lesson of life. This is God's way of educating us, of making us men and women worthy of the name of men and women, worthy …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
Our Compassionate High Priest
The Impossibility of Renewal.
I am first to give you some directions for bringing your people to submit to this course of catechizing and instruction.
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction."
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.
For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
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