Chapter 5

The Perfect High Priest

1 For every high priest ataken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in bthings pertaining to God, in order to coffer both gifts and sacrifices dfor sins;

2 1ahe can deal gently with the bignorant and cmisguided, since he himself also is 2dbeset with weakness;

3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices afor sins, bas for the people, so also for himself.

4 And ano one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even bas Aaron was.

5 So also Christ adid not glorify Himself so as to become a bhigh priest, but He who csaid to Him,

dYou are My Son,

Today I have begotten You”;

6 just as He says also in another passage,

aYou are a priest forever

According to bthe order of Melchizedek.”

7 1In the days of His flesh, 2aHe offered up both prayers and supplications with bloud crying and tears to the One cable to save Him 3from death, and He 4was heard because of His dpiety.

8 Although He was aa Son, He learned bobedience from the things which He suffered.

9 And having been made aperfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

10 being designated by God as aa high priest according to bthe order of Melchizedek.

11 Concerning 1him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

12 For though 1by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you athe 2belementary principles of the coracles of God, and you have come to need dmilk and not solid food.

13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an ainfant.

14 But solid food is for athe mature, who because of practice have their senses btrained to cdiscern good and evil.


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