- ¶ FOR every high priest chosen from among men is ordained on behalf of men about things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;
- He is one who can humble himself and have compassion on those who are ignorant and go astray;
for he himself also is subject to weaknesses.
- Because of these, he is obliged, just as he offers sacrifices for the people, likewise to offer for himself on account of his own sins.
- And no man takes this honor to himself, but only he who is called of God, as was Aaron.
- So also Christ did not glorify himself by becoming a high priest, but he glorified him who said to him, Thou art my Son;
today have I begotten thee.
- And he said also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
- Even when he was clothed in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death;
and verily he was heard.
- And though he was a good Son, because of fear and suffering which he endured, he learned obedience.
- And he grew to be perfect and became the author of life everlasting to all who obey him;
- ¶ So he was called by God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
- Now concerning this very Melchisedec we have much to say, but it is difficult to explain because you are dull of comprehension.
- By now you should be teachers because you have been a long time in training;
but even now you need to be taught the primary writings of the word of God;
but you are still in need of milk, and not strong meat.
- For every man whose food is milk is unfamiliar with the word of righteousness;
for he is a babe.
- But strong meat belongs to those who are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.