1 First he showeth the duty of the high Priest: 5 Secondly, that Christ is appointed of God to be our high Priest, 7 and that he hath fulfilled all things belonging thereunto.

For [a]every high Priest is taken from among men, and is ordained for men, in things pertaining to God, [b]that he may offer both [c]gifts and [d]sacrifices for sins.

Which is [e]able sufficiently to have compassion [f]on them that are ignorant, and that are out of the way, because that he also is [g]compassed with infirmity,

And for the same sake he is bound to offer for sins, as well for his own part, as for the peoples.

(A)[h]And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

So likewise Christ took not to himself this honor to be made the high Priest, but he that said unto him, (B)Thou art my son, this day begat I thee, gave it him.

As he also in another place speaketh, (C)Thou art a Priest forever, after the [i]order of Melchizedek,

[j]Who in the [k]days of his flesh did offer up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears unto him, that was able to [l]save him from death, and was also heard in that which he feared.

And though he were the Son, yet [m]learned he obedience, by the things which he suffered.

[n]And being [o]consecrated, was made the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him:

10 And is called of God an high Priest after the order of Melchizedek.

11 [p]Of whom we have many things to say, which are hard to be uttered, because ye are dull of hearing.

12 [q]For when as concerning the time ye ought to be teachers, yet have ye need again that we teach you what are the first principles of the word of God: and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For everyone that useth milk, is inexpert in the [r]word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of age, which through long custom have their [s]wits exercised, to discern both good and evil.


  1. Hebrews 5:1 The first part of the first comparison of Christ’s high Priesthood, with Aaron’s: Other high Priests are taken from among men, and are called after the order of men.
  2. Hebrews 5:1 The first part of the second comparison, Others as weak: are made high Priests, to the end that feeling the same infirmity in themselves which is in all the rest of the people, they should in their own and the people’s name offer gifts and sacrifices, which are witnesses of common faith, and repentance.
  3. Hebrews 5:1 Offering of things without life.
  4. Hebrews 5:1 Beasts which were killed, but especially in the sacrifices for sins and offenses.
  5. Hebrews 5:2 Fit and meet.
  6. Hebrews 5:2 On them that are sinful: for in the Hebrew tongue, under ignorance and error is every sin meant, even that sin that is voluntary.
  7. Hebrews 5:2 For that he himself beareth about with him a nature subject to the same discommodities and vices.
  8. Hebrews 5:4 The third comparison which is whole: The others are called of God, and so was Christ, but in another order than Aaron: for Christ is called the Son, begotten of God, and a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
  9. Hebrews 5:6 After the likeness or manner as it is afterward declared, Heb. 7:15.
  10. Hebrews 5:7 The other part of the second comparison: Christ being exceedingly afflicted and exceedingly merciful, asked not for his sins, for he had none, but for his fear, and obtained his request, and offered himself for all his.
  11. Hebrews 5:7 While he lived here with us in our weak and frail nature.
  12. Hebrews 5:7 To deliver him from death.
  13. Hebrews 5:8 He learned indeed what it is to have a Father, whom a man must obey.
  14. Hebrews 5:9 The other part of the first comparison: Christ was consecrate of God the Father as the author of our salvation, and an high Priest forever, and therefore he is so a man that notwithstanding he is far above all men.
  15. Hebrews 5:9 See Heb. 2:10.
  16. Hebrews 5:11 A digression, until he comes to the beginning of the seventh chapter: wherein he partly holdeth the Hebrews in the diligent consideration of those things which he hath said, and partly prepareth them to the understanding of those things whereof he will speak.
  17. Hebrews 5:12 An example of an Apostolic chiding.
  18. Hebrews 5:13 In the word that teacheth righteousness.
  19. Hebrews 5:14 All their power whereby they understand and judge.