Jesus Our High Priest
Every High Priest is selected from among men
And is appointed to represent them in matters related to God,
To offer Gifts and Sacrifices for Sins.
2 He is able to dear Gently with those who are ignorant
And are going Astray,
SINCE HE HIMSELF IS SUBJECT TO WEAKNESS.
3 This is why he has to offer Sacrifices for his own Sins,
As well as for the Sins of the people.
4 NO ONE TAKES THIS HONOR UPON HIMSELF;
HE MUST BE CALLED BY GOD, JUST AS AARON WAS.
5 SO CHRIST ALSO DID NOT TAKE UPON HIMSELF THE GLORY
OF BECOMING A HIGH PRIEST.
BUT GOD SAID TO HIM,
'You are My Son;
Today I have become Your Father.'
And He says in another place,
'You are Priest forever,
In the Oder of Melchizedek.'
7 During the days of Jesus' life on Earth,
HE OFFERED UP PRAYERS AND PETITIONS
WITH LOUD CRIES AND TEARS
TO THE ONE WHO COULD SAVE HIM FROM DEATH,
AND HE WAS HEARD BECAUSE OF HIS REVERENT SUBMISSION.
8 Although He was a Son,
HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE FROM WHAT HE SUFFERED
9 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 explain because you are slow to learn.
12 In fact, though by this time your ought to be Teachers,
You need someone to Teach you the Elemental Truths
Of God's Word all over again.
YOU NEED MILK, NOT SOLID FOOD!
13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still and 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.