1 For every chief priest taken from men is appointed in behalf of men over things relating to God, that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins, 2 being able to deal gently with the ignorant and erring, since he is himself encompassed with infirmity, 3 and as for the people, so also for himself, he is obliged to present offerings for sins. 4 And no one takes the honor on himself but he that is called by God, even as Aaron also was. 5 So also Christ did not put on himself the honor of being made a chief priest, but he that said to him, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee; 6 as also in another place he says, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh having offered both prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from death, with loud cries and tears, [and being heard and delivered] from fear,??8 although he was a Son, learned obedience from what he suffered, 9 and being made perfect became to all who obey him an author of eternal salvation, 10 being called by God a chief priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Concerning whom we have much to say, and that which is difficult to explain, because you have become dull of hearing. 12 For you who ought on account of the time to be teachers, have need that one should teach you again what are the first rudiments of the oracles of God, and have need of milk and not solid food. 13 For every one that partakes of milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe; 14 but solid food is for the perfect, having their perceptive faculties exercised by practice to distinguish both good and evil.