1 For every high priest, being received from men, presides over men in the things appertaining to God, in order that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2 being able to sympathize with the ignorant and erring, since himself is also compassed about with infirmity; 3 and on this account he has need, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4 And no one takes this honor to himself, but the one called of God, as indeed Aaron was. 5 Likewise Christ also did not glorify himself to become a high priest, but the one having spoken to him, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee: 6 as also he says in another place, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, having with strong crying and tears offered up both prayers and supplications unto him who is able to save him from death, and having been heard on account of his piety, 8 indeed being a Son, he learned obedience from those things which he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him; 10 having been ordained of God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
11 Concerning whom there is much word to us, and difficult to speak, since you are dull of hearing. 12 For indeed you, who ought to be teachers so far as time is concerned, have need that some one again teach you what are the rudiments of the beginning of the oracles of God; and you have need of milk, not solid food. 13 For every one partaking of milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness; for he is a babe; 14 but solid food belongs to the perfect, those having their senses disciplined by use unto the discernment both of the good and the evil.