For every high priest chosen from among men 1is appointed to act on behalf of men 2in relation to God, 3to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
4He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself 5is beset with weakness.
Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins 6just as he does for those of the people.
And 7no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, 8just as Aaron was.
So also Christ 9did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, 10"You are my Son, today I have begotten you";
as he says also in another place, 11"You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."
In the days of his flesh, 12Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, 13with loud cries and tears, to him 14who was able to save him from death, and 15he was heard because of his reverence.
Although 16he was a son, 17he learned obedience through what he suffered.
And 18being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
being designated by God a high priest 19after the order of Melchizedek.
About this we have much to say, and it is 20hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again 21the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need 22milk, not solid food,
for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is 23a child.
But solid food is for 24the mature, for those who have their powers 25of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.