Hebrews 5

The Perfect High Priest

1 For every high priest 1taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in 2things pertaining to God, in order to 3offer both gifts and sacrifices 4for sins;
2 5he can deal gently with the 6ignorant and 7misguided, since he himself also is 8beset with weakness;
3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices 9for sins, 10as for the people, so also for himself.
4 And 11no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even 12as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ 13did not glorify Himself so as to become a 14high priest, but He who 15said to Him, "16YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU";
6 just as He says also in another passage, "17YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO 18THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."
7 In the days of His flesh, 19He offered up both prayers and supplications with 20loud crying and tears to the One 21able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His 22piety.
8 Although He was 23a Son, He learned 24obedience from the things which He suffered.
9 And having been made 25perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
10 being designated by God as 26a high priest according to 27the order of Melchizedek.
11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you 28the 29elementary * principles of the 30oracles of God, and you have come to need 31milk and not solid food.
13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an 32infant.
14 But solid food is for 33the mature, who because of practice have their senses 34trained to 35discern good and evil.
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