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Hebrews 7:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For such a high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For such a high priest became us, holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and become higher than the heavens:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, such a high-priest as this, for us, was [even] suited: Loving, noble, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and become, higher than the heavens;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For such a chief priest did become us—kind, harmless, undefiled, separate from the sinners, and become higher than the heavens,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For such an high Priest became vs, [who is] holy, harmelesse, vndefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher then the heauens.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For such an High Priest as this was adequate for us; pure, and without evil, and without spot; who was separate from sins, and exalted higher than heaven.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For, a priest like to him, was also suitable for us; one pure, and without evil and without stain; one separated from sins, and exalted higher than heaven;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
such 5108
{5108} Prime
(Including the other inflections); from G5104 and G3778; truly this, that is, of this sort (to denote character or individuality).
an high priest 749
{0749} Prime
From G0746 and G2409; the high priest (literally of the Jews, typically Christ); by extension a chief priest.
became 4241
{4241} Prime
Apparently a primary verb; to tower up (be conspicuous), that is, (by implication) to be suitable or proper (third person singular present indicative, often used impersonally, it is fit or right).
<5707> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 855
us, 2254
{2254} Prime
Dative plural of G1473; to (or for, with, by) us.
[who is] holy, 3741
{3741} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; properly right (by intrinsic or divine character; thus distinguished from G1342, which refers rather to human statutes and relations; from G2413, which denotes formal consecration; and from G0040, which relates to purity from defilement), that is, hallowed (pious, sacred, sure).
harmless, 172
{0172} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G2556; not bad, that is, (objectively) innocent or (subjectively) unsuspecting.
undefiled, 283
{0283} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G3392; unsoiled, that is, (figuratively) pure.
separate 5563
{5563} Prime
From G5561; to place room between, that is, part; reflexively to go away.
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
from 575
{0575} Prime
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
sinners, 268
{0268} Prime
From G0264; sinful, that is, a sinner.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
made 1096
{1096} Prime
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
<5637> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 137
higher x5308
(5308) Complement
From G5311; lofty (in place or character).
than y5308
[5308] Standard
From G5311; lofty (in place or character).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
heavens; 3772
{3772} Prime
Perhaps from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 7:26

_ _ 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 (Psalms 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), Leviticus 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” (Ephesians 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 (John 17:5), and as the God-MAN was made so by the Father after His humiliation (compare Hebrews 1:4).

_ _ higher than the heavens — for “He passed through [so the Greek] the heavens” (Hebrews 4:14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 7:11-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 7:26

For such an high priest suited us — Unholy, mischievous, defiled sinners: a blessed paradox! Holy — With respect to God. Harmless — With respect to men. Undefiled — With any sin in himself. Separated from sinners — As well as free from sin. And so he was when he left the world. And made — Even in his human nature. Higher than the heavens — And all their inhabitants.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 7:26

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

(12) Another argument: There are required in an high priest innocency and perfect pureness, which may separate him from sinners, for whom he offers. The Levitical high priests are not found to be such, for they offer first for their own sins: but only Christ is such a one, and therefore the only true High Priest.

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Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Hebrews 9:23-26 [It was] therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. ... For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 10:11-22 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: ... Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.


Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:


Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Exodus 28:36 And thou shalt make a plate [of] pure gold, and grave upon it, [like] the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Luke 23:22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let [him] go.
Luke 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Acts 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Acts 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
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 also for [the sins of] the whole world.
1 John 3:5 And ye 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 saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;


Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.
Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell [among them].
Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], ... And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,
Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. ... He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: ... And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Revelation 1:17-18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: ... I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
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