1For every cohen gadol taken from among men is appointed to act on people’s behalf with regard to things concerning God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He can deal gently with the ignorant and with those who go astray, since he too is subject to weakness. 3Also, because of this weakness, he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as those of the people. 4And no one takes this honor upon himself, rather, he is called by God, just as Aharon was.
5So neither did the Messiah glorify himself to become cohen gadol; rather, it was the One who said to him,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.”
6Also, as he says in another place,
“You are a cohen forever,
to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.”
7During Yeshua’s life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions, crying aloud and shedding tears, to the One who had the power to deliver him from death; and he was heard because of his godliness. 8Even though he was the Son, he learned obedience through his sufferings. 9And after he had been brought to the goal, he became the source of eternal deliverance to all who obey him, 10since he had been proclaimed by God as a cohen gadol to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.
11We have much to say about this subject, but it is hard to explain, because you have become sluggish in understanding. 12For although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the very first principles of God’s Word all over again! You need milk, not solid food! 13Anyone who has to drink milk is still a baby, without experience in applying the Word about righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by continuous exercise to distinguish good from evil.