Hebrews 5

1For every high priest chosen from among men ais appointed to act on behalf of men bin relation to God, cto offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 dHe can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself eis beset with weakness. 3Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins fjust as he does for those of the people. 4And gno one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, hjust as Aaron was.

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

jYou are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;

6as he says also in another place,

kYou are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”

7In the days of his flesh, lJesus
Greek he
offered up prayers and supplications, nwith loud cries and tears, to him owho was able to save him from death, and phe was heard because of his reverence.
8Although qhe was a son, rhe learned obedience through what he suffered. 9And sbeing made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10being designated by God a high priest tafter the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Apostasy

11About this we have much to say, and it is uhard 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 vthe basic principles of the oracles of God. You need wmilk, not solid food, 13for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is xa child. 14But solid food is for ythe mature, for those who have their powers zof discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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