1. Hebrews 5:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What do the two terms "gifts and sacrifices" indicate?

Hebrews 5:1 (ESV)

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.

The dual terms gifts and sacrifices can indicate a distinction between two kinds of gifts: gifts without the slaughter of an animal (food sacrifices prescribed in Leviticus 6:14–18) and sacrifices with slaughter (Exodus 29:38–42; Numbers 28:3–6). It can also be a dual indication for one thing:1,2 sacrificial gifts (te kai, provides both distinction and connectivity). The latter is most likely.3