Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Since then we have (A)a great high priest (B)who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, (C)let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest (D)who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been (E)tempted as we are, (F)yet without sin. 16 (G)Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

For every high priest chosen from among men (H)is appointed to act on behalf of men (I)in relation to God, (J)to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. (K)He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself (L)is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins (M)just as he does for those of the people. And (N)no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, (O)just as Aaron was.

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

(Q)“You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”;

as he says also in another place,

(R)“You are a priest forever,
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his flesh, (S)Jesus[a] offered up prayers and supplications, (T)with loud cries and tears, to him (U)who was able to save him from death, and (V)he was heard because of his reverence. Although (W)he was a son, (X)he learned obedience through what he suffered. And (Y)being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest (Z)after the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Apostasy

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

Therefore (AG)let us leave (AH)the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance (AI)from dead works and of faith toward God, and of (AJ)instruction about washings,[b] (AK)the laying on of hands, (AL)the resurrection of the dead, and (AM)eternal judgment. And this we will do (AN)if God permits.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 5:7 Greek he
  2. Hebrews 6:2 Or baptisms (that is, cleansing rites)

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