1. A High Priest
according to the Order of Melchisedec
14 Having therefore a 1great 2aHigh Priest who has 3passed through the bheavens, Jesus, the cSon of God, let us hold fast the 4dconfession.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, but One who has been atempted in all respects like us, yet bwithout sin.
16 Let us therefore acome forward with boldness to the 1throne of grace that we may receive 2bmercy and find cgrace for timely help.
1 For every high priest, being taken from among men, is aestablished on behalf of men in the things bpertaining to God that he may coffer both 1gifts and 1sacrifices for sins.
2 He is aable to exercise 1compassion toward the bignorant and cerring since he also is encompassed with dweakness;
3 And because of it, he ought, even as afor the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And ano one takes the honor upon himself, but only as he is called by God, just as bAaron also was.
5 So also Christ did not 1glorify Himself in becoming a aHigh Priest, but it was He who said to Him, b"You are My Son; this day have I 2begotten You'';
6 Even as also in another place He says, 1a"You are a Priest forever according to the 2border of Melchisedec.''
7 This One, in the days of His aflesh, having offered up both bpetitions and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save Him 1out of death and having been heard because of His piety,
8 Even though He was a Son, learned 1aobedience from the things which He bsuffered.
9 And having been 1aperfected, He became to all those who obey Him the 2source of 3eternal bsalvation,
10 Being 1addressed by God as a aHigh Priest according to the border of Melchisedec;
(The Third Warning --
Be Brought On to Maturity
11 Concerning whom we have much to say that is also difficult to interpret since you have become dull of hearing.
12 For when because of the time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you what the 1rudiments of the abeginning of the 2oracles of God are and have become those who have need of 3bmilk and not of solid cfood.
13 For everyone who partakes of 1milk is inexperienced in the 1aword of righteousness, for he is an binfant;
14 But solid food is for the afull-grown, who because of practice have their 1faculties exercised for discriminating between both 2good and evil.
1 Therefore leaving the 1word of the 2abeginning of Christ, let us 3be brought on to 4bmaturity, not laying again a foundation of crepentance from ddead works and of efaith in God,
2 Of the teaching of 1abaptisms and of the blaying on of hands, of the cresurrection of the dead and of eternal djudgment.
3 And 1this we will do if God permits.
4 For it is 1impossible for those who have once been aenlightened and have tasted of the 2heavenly bgift and have become 3cpartakers of the Holy dSpirit
5 And have atasted the bgood 1word of God and the 2powers of the age cto come,
6 And yet have 1fallen away, to renew themselves again unto repentance, 2acrucifying again for themselves the Son of God and 2putting Him to open shame.
7 For the earth, which drinks the 1rain which often comes upon it and 2produces vegetation suitable to those for whose sake also it is cultivated, partakes of blessing from God.
8 But if it brings forth 1athorns and thistles, it is 2disapproved and 3near a curse, whose end is to be 4bburned.
9 But we are persuaded of better things concerning you, beloved, and 1things which belong to 2salvation, though we speak thus.
10 For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your awork and the love which you have shown toward His bname in having 1cministered to the saints and in ministering still.
11 But we desire earnestly that each of you show the same diligence unto the full aassurance of our bhope cuntil the end,
12 That you may not be 1sluggish, but aimitators of those who through bfaith and long-suffering are cinheriting the promises.
13 For God, when He made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, aswore by Himself,
14 Saying, a"Surely blessing, I will bless you; and multiplying, I will multiply you.''
15 And thus when Abraham had patiently aendured, he obtained the bpromise.
16 For men swear by the greater, and for all disputes among them an oath is final for confirmation.
17 Therefore God, intending to show more abundantly to the aheirs of the promise the bunchangeableness of His counsel, interposed with an oath,
18 In order that by 1two unchangeable things, in which it was impossible for God to alie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have 2fled for 3refuge to lay hold of the bhope set before us,
19 Which we have as an 1anchor of the soul, both secure and firm and which 2enters within the veil,
20 Where the 1aForerunner, Jesus, has entered for us, having become forever a High Priest according to the border of Melchisedec.
2. A High Priest,
Perpetual, Great, Living,
and Able to Save to the Uttermost
1 1For this 2aMelchisedec, 2king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the bslaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2 To whom also Abraham apportioned a atenth part of all; first being interpreted 1bking of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is 1cking of peace;
3 Being 1without father, without mother, without genealogy; having neither abeginning of days nor bend of life, but likened to the Son of God, abides a priest cperpetually.
4 And consider how 1agreat this one was, to whom the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the choice spoils.
5 And they of the sons of Levi, who received the priestly service, have a commandment to take atithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brothers, though they have come forth from the loins of Abraham.
6 But he whose genealogy is not counted from them has taken tithes from Abraham and has 1ablessed him who has the promises.
7 But without any dispute the 1lesser is blessed by the 2greater.
8 And here men, who die, receive tithes; but there, one aof whom it is testified that he blives.
9 And, so to speak, through Abraham, 1Levi also, he who receives tithes, has been made to pay tithes,
10 For he was still in the loins of his father when Melchisedec met him.
11 If indeed then perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what need was there still that a different 1Priest should arise according to the order of aMelchisedec and that He should not be said to be according to the order of Aaron?
12 For since the apriesthood is 1transferred, of necessity there comes into being a 2btransfer of law also.
13 For He of whom these things are said 1belongs to a different tribe, from which ano one has attended to the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord has 1risen out of 2aJudah, concerning which tribe Moses spoke nothing about priests.
15 And it is still more abundantly evident since it is according to the alikeness of Melchisedec that a different Priest arises,
16 Who has been appointed not according to the law of a afleshy commandment but according to the bpower of an 1indestructible clife.
17 For it is testified, "You are a Priest forever according to the aorder of Melchisedec.''
18 For there is, on the one hand, the 1asetting aside of the preceding commandment because of its bweakness and unprofitableness
19 (For the alaw 1bperfected nothing), and, on the other hand, the bringing in 2thereupon of a 3better chope, through which we ddraw near to God.
20 And inasmuch as He was not made a Priest without the taking of an oath
21 (For they are appointed priests without the taking of an oath, but He, with the taking of an oath by Him who said to Him, a"The Lord has sworn and will not regret it, You are a Priest forever''),
22 By so much Jesus has also become the 1surety of a abetter bcovenant.
23 And they are appointed priests many in number because death prevents them from continuing;
24 But He, because He aabides forever, has His priesthood unalterable.
25 Hence also He is aable to save 1to the uttermost those who bcome forward to God through Him, since He clives always to 2dintercede for them.
26 For such a aHigh Priest was also fitting to us, holy, bguileless, undefiled, separated from sinners and having become 1higher than the cheavens,
27 Who does not have daily need, as the high priests do, to aoffer up sacrifices first for his bown sins and then for those of the people; for this He did conce for all when He doffered up Himself.
28 For the law establishes men as high priests who have aweakness, but the word of the oath, which was after the law, establishes the bSon, 1cperfected forever.