Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God,1 to offer gifts and sacrifices2 for sins.32
He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray,4 since he himself is subject to weakness.53
This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.64
And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.75
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory8 of becoming a high priest.9 But God said10 to him, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father."a116
And he says in another place, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.12"b137
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions14 with fervent cries and tears15 to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard16 because of his reverent submission.178
Son18 though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered199
and, once made perfect,20 he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
and was designated by God to be high priest21 in the order of Melchizedek.22
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths23 of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!2413
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant,25 is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
But solid food is for the mature,26 who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.27