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1 Now a high priest is a man chosen to represent other human beings in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers their sacrifices for sins. 1 Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
2 And because he is human, he is able to deal gently with the people, though they are ignorant and wayward. For he is subject to the same weaknesses they have. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.
3 That is why he has to offer sacrifices, both for their sins and for his own sins. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.
4 And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He has to be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was. 4 No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 That is why Christ did not exalt himself to become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him, "You are my Son. Today I have become your Father. " 5 So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. "
6 And in another passage God said to him, "You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek." 6 And he says in another place, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death. And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. 7 During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
8 So even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered
9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
10 And God designated him to be a High Priest in the line of Melchizedek. 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
11 There is so much more we would like to say about this. But you don't seem to listen, so it's hard to make you understand. 11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.
12 You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
13 And a person who is living on milk isn't very far along in the Christian life and doesn't know much about doing what is right. 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.