1 For every high priest taken from among men a is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can 1 have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to b weakness. 3 Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for c himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as d Aaron was.
e So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
f "You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You." 2
As He also says in another place:
g "You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek"; 3
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had h offered up prayers and supplications, i with vehement cries and tears to Him j who was able to save Him from death, and was heard k because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned l obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And m having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest n "according to the order of Melchizedek,"
11 of whom o we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become p dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the 4 oracles of God; and you have come to need q milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is r a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are 5 of full age, that is, those who by reason of 6 use have their senses exercised s to discern both good and evil.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.