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Hebrews 5 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

Every high priest, you see, is chosen from among human beings, and is placed before God on their behalf, so that he can offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to sympathize with people who don’t know very much, or who wander off in different directions, since he too has his own share of weakness. That’s why he has to offer sacrifices in relation to his own sins as well as those of the people.

The Son Becomes the Priest

Nobody takes the office of priesthood on himself; you have to be called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, the Messiah didn’t exalt himself so that he might become a high priest. It came about through the one who said to him,

You are my son; today I have become your father.

As he says in another passage,

You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.

During the time of Jesus’ earthly life, he offered up prayers and supplications, with loud shouts and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death. He was heard because of his devotion. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. When he had been made complete and perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 since he has been designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Are You Ready for Solid Food?

11 We have plenty to say about all this; but it may be hard to make it clear, because your capacity to take things in has become sluggish. 12 Yes: by now you really should have become teachers, but you need someone to teach you the basic elementary beginnings of God’s oracles. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Everyone who drinks milk, you see, is unskilled in the word of God’s justice; such people are just babies. 14 Mature people need solid food – and by ‘mature’ I mean people whose faculties have been trained by practice, to distinguish good from evil.

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Scripture quotations from The New Testament for Everyone are copyright © Nicholas Thomas Wright 2011.

Hebrews 5 New International Version (NIV)

Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.

In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,

“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father.”[a]

And he says in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.[b]

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Falling Away

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 5:5 Psalm 2:7
  2. Hebrews 5:6 Psalm 110:4
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