Hebrews 5

Jesus the Great High Priest

1 For every high priest chosen from among men j is appointed to act on behalf of men k in relation to God, l to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 m He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself n is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins o just as he does for those of the people. 4 And p no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, q just as Aaron was.

5 So also Christ r did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,
s "You are my Son,
today I have begotten you";

6 as he says also in another place,
t "You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek."

7 In the days of his flesh, u Jesus 1 offered up prayers and supplications, v with loud cries and tears, to him w who was able to save him from death, and x he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although y he was a son, z he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And a being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest b after the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Apostasy

11 About this we have much to say, and it is c hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again d the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need e milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is f a child. 14 But solid food is for g the mature, for those who have their powers h of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

  1. Cross References
    Hebrews 8:3
    For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.
  2. Cross References
    Hebrews 2:17
    Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
  3. Cross References
    Hebrews 8:3 - 4
    For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.
    Hebrews 9:9
    (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper.
    Hebrews 10:11
    And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
    Hebrews 11:4
    By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
  4. Cross References
    Hebrews 2:18
    For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
    Hebrews 4:15
    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
  5. Cross References
    Hebrews 7:28
    For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
  6. Cross References
    Hebrews 7:27
    He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
    Hebrews 9:7
    But into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.
    Leviticus 4:3
    If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the Lord for a sin offering.
    Leviticus 9:7
    Then Moses said to Aaron, "Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.
    Leviticus 16:6
    Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house.
  7. Cross References
    Numbers 16:5
    And he said to Korah and all his company, "In the morning the Lord will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him.
    Numbers 16:40
    To be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the Lord, lest he become like Korah and his company - as the Lord said to him through Moses.
    Numbers 18:7
    And you and your sons with you shall guard your priesthood for all that concerns the altar and that is within the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood as a gift, and any outsider who comes near shall be put to death.
    2 Chronicles 26:18
    And they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God.
  8. Cross References
    Exodus 28:1
    Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests - Aaron and Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
    1 Chronicles 23:13
    The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the Lord and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever.
  9. Cross References
    John 8:54
    Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.
  10. Cross References
    Hebrews 1:5
    For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"?
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 2:7
    I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
  12. Cross References
    Hebrews 7:17
    For it is witnessed of him, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.
    Hebrews 7:21
    But this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever.'
    Psalms 110:4
    The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 110:4
    The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 26:39
    And going a little farther he fell on his face ...
    Matthew 26:44
    So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed...
    Mark 14:36
    And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are poss...
    Mark 14:39
    And again he went away and prayed, saying the s...
    Luke 22:41
    And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw...
    Luke 22:44
    And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly;...
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 22:1 - 2
    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why a...
    Matthew 27:46
    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a...
    Matthew 27:50
    And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and...
    Mark 15:34
    And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud v...
    Mark 15:37
    And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his l...
    Luke 23:46
    Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said...
  16. Cross References
    Mark 14:36
    And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 22:24
    For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
  18. Cross References
    Hebrews 1:2
    But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
  19. Cross References
    Philippians 2:8
    And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
  20. Cross References
    Hebrews 2:10
    For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
  21. Cross References
    Hebrews 5:6
    As he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.
    Hebrews 6:20
    Where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
  22. Cross References
    2 Peter 3:16
    As he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
  23. Cross References
    Hebrews 6:1
    Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
  24. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:2
    I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready.
  25. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:1
    But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
    1 Peter 2:2
    Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation -
  26. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:13
    Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
  27. Cross References
    Genesis 3:22
    Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever -
    1 Kings 3:9
    Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?
    Isaiah 7:15
    He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
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