Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 5


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 for sins.

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 solid food.

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.