1Every high priest is chosen from among men. He is given the work of going before God for them. He must offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He himself is weak. So he is able to be gentle with those who do not understand and who are doing wrong things. 3Because he is weak the high priest must offer sacrifices for his own sins. And then he offers sacrifices for the sins of the people.
4To be a high priest is an honor. But no one chooses himself for this work. He must be called by God as Aaron# Moses’ brother and the first Jewish high priest. was. 5So also Christ did not choose himself to have the honor of being a high priest. But God chose him. God said to him,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.” Psalm 2:7
6And in another Scripture God says,
“You are a priest forever,
a priest like Melchizedek.”# A priest and king who lived in the time of Abraham. (Read Genesis 14:17–24.) Psalm 110:4
7While Jesus lived on earth, he prayed to God and asked God for help. He prayed with loud cries and tears to the One who could save him from death. And his prayer was heard because he left it all up to God. 8Even though Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to obey by what he suffered. 9And he became our perfect high priest. He gives eternal salvation to all who obey him. 10And God made Jesus high priest, a priest like Melchizedek.
Warning Against Falling Away
11We have much to say about this. But it is hard to explain because you are so slow to understand. 12You have had enough time so that by now you should be teachers. But you need someone to teach you again the first lessons of God’s message. You still need the teaching that is like milk. You are not ready for solid food. 13Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby. He knows nothing about right teaching. 14But solid food is for those who are grown up. They are mature enough to know the difference between good and evil.