Hebrews 5

1For every high priest chosen from among men a  is appointed to act on behalf of men b  in relation to God c  to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 d  He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself e  is beset with weakness. 3Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins f  just as he does for those of the people. 4And g  no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God h  just as Aaron was.

5So also Christ i  did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

j  You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;

6as he says also in another place,

k  “You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”

7In the days of his flesh l  Jesus
Greek he
offered up prayers and supplications n  with loud cries and tears, to him o  who was able to save him from death, and p  he was heard because of his reverence.
8Although q  he was a son r  he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9And s  being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10being designated by God a high priest t  after the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Apostasy

11About this we have much to say, and it is u  hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again v  the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need w  milk, not solid food, 13for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is x  a child. 14But solid food is for y  the mature, for those who have their powers z  of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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