Hebrews 5 The Passion Translation (TPT)
A King-Priest like Melchizedek
5 For every High Priest was chosen from among the people and appointed to represent them before God by presenting their gifts to God and offering sacrifices on their behalf. 2 Since the High Priest is also one who is clothed in weakness, he humbles himself[a] by showing compassion to those who are ignorant of God’s ways and stray from them. 3 And for this reason, he has to not only present the sin offerings of others, but also to bring a sin offering for himself. 4 And no one takes this honor upon himself by being self-appointed, but God is the one who calls each one, just as Aaron was called.
5 So also, Christ was not self-appointed and did not glorify himself by becoming a high priest, but God called and glorified him![b] For the Father said to him,
“You are my favored Son. Today I have fathered you.”[c]
6 And in another Scripture he says about this new priestly order,
“You are a Priest like Melchizedek,[d] a King-Priest forever!”
7 During Christ’s days on earth[e] he pleaded with God, praying with passion and with tearful agony that God would spare him from death.[f] And because of his perfect devotion his prayer was answered and he was delivered. 8 But even though he was a wonderful Son,[g] he learned to listen[h] and obey through all his sufferings. 9 And after being proven perfect in this way he has now become the source of eternal salvation to all those who listen to him and obey. 10 For God has designated him as the King-Priest who is over the priestly order of Melchizedek.[i]
Moving On into Full Maturity
11 We have much to say about this topic although it is difficult to explain,[j] because you have become too dull and sluggish to understand. 12 For you should already be professors instructing others by now; but instead, you need to be taught from the beginning the basics of God’s prophetic oracles![k] You’re like children[l] still needing milk and not yet ready to digest solid food. 13 For every spiritual infant who lives on milk is not yet pierced[m] by the revelation of righteousness.[n] 14 But solid food is for the mature, whose spiritual senses perceive heavenly matters. And they have been adequately trained by what they’ve experienced to emerge[o] with understanding of the difference between what is truly excellent and what is evil and harmful.
Hebrews 5 New International Version (NIV)
5 Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
“You are my Son;
6 And he says in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Warning Against Falling Away
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.