1 For every high priest is taken from among men, constituted on behalf of men in things relating to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins, 2 who can have compassion on the ignorant and on those that are in error; for he himself is also compassed with weakness. 3 And by reason of this he ought, as for the people so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4 And no one takes this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5 So also the Christ did not glorify himself to make himself high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son; today have I begotten thee. 6 As he said also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, was heard because of his reverent fear; 8 although he was the Son of God, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal saving health unto all those that hearken unto him, 10 named by God high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say and difficult to declare, seeing ye are hard of hearing. 12 For you should now be teaching others, if we look at the time, yet you need to be taught again which are the first elements of the oracles of God and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong food. 13 For any one that uses milk is not qualified in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But strong food belongs to those that are perfect, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.