The office of a high priest. Christ is our high priest.
1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in the
things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2 Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant, and err: because he
himself also is encompassed with infirmity.
3 And therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer
4 *Neither doth any man take the honour to himself but he that is called
by God, as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not glorify himself to be made a high priest: but
he that said to him: *Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place: *Thou art a priest forever, according
to the order of Melchisedech.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, offering up prayers and supplications,
with a strong cry and tears to him, that was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence.
8 And whereas indeed he was the Son of God, he learned obedience by the
things which he suffered:
9 And being consummated, he became the cause of eternal salvation to all
that obey him,
10 Called by God a high priest, according to the order of Melchisedech.
11 Of whom we have great things to say, and hard to be intelligibly uttered:
because you are become weak to hear.
12 For whereas for the time you ought to be masters; you have need to be
taught again what are the first rudiments of the oracles of God: and you are become such as have need of milk, and not of
13 For every one that is a partaker of milk, is unskilful in the word of
justice: for he is a little child.
14 But solid food is for the perfect: for those who by use have their senses
exercised to the discerning of good and evil.
4: Exodus xxviii. 1.; 2 Paralipomenon xxvi. 18.
5: Psalm ii. 7.
6: Psalm cix. 4.