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Hebrews Chapter 5

Hebrews 5:1
5:1 For {1} every high priest taken from among men is ordained
    for men in things [pertaining] to God, {2} that he may offer
    both {a} gifts and {b} sacrifices for sins:

 (1) The first part of the first comparison of Christ's high
     priesthood with Aaron's: Other high priests are taken from
     among men, and are called after the order of men.
 (2) The first part of the second comparison: Others though
     weak, are made high priests, to the end that feeling the
     same infirmity in themselves which is in all the rest of
     the people, they should in their own and the peoples name
     offer gifts and sacrifices, which are witnesses of common
     faith and repentance.
    (a) Offering of things without life.
    (b) Beasts which were killed, but especially in the
        sacrifices for sins and offences.

Hebrews 5:2
5:2 Who {c} can have compassion on the ignorant, and {d} on them
    that are out of the way; for that he himself also is {e}
    compassed with infirmity.

    (c) Fit and meet.
    (d) On them that are sinful: for in the Hebrew tongue, under
        ignorance and error is every sin meant, even that sin
        that is voluntary.
    (e) He carries with him a nature subject to the same
        inconveniences and vices.

Hebrews 5:4
5:4 {3} And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that
    is called of God, as [was] Aaron.

 (3) The third comparison which is complete: The others are
     called by God and so was Christ, but in another order than
     Aaron. For Christ is called the Son, begotten by God and a
     Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:6
5:6 As he saith also in another [place], Thou [art] a priest for
    ever after the {f} order of Melchisedec.

    (f) After the likeness or manner as it is later declared.

Hebrews 5:7
5:7 {4} Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up
    prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto
    him that was able to {h} save him from death, and was heard
    in that he feared;

 (4) The other part of the second comparison: Christ being
     exceedingly afflicted and exceedingly merciful did not pray
     because of his sins, for he had none, but for his fear, and
     obtained his request, and offered himself for all who are
     his.
    (h) To deliver him from death.

Hebrews 5:8
5:8 Though he were a Son, yet {i} learned he obedience by the
    things which he suffered;

    (i) He learned in deed what it is to have a Father, whom a
        man must obey.

Hebrews 5:9
5:9 {5} And being made {k} perfect, he became the author of
    eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

 (5) The other part of the first comparison: Christ was
     consecrated by God the Father as the author of our
     salvation, and an High Priest for ever, and therefore he is a
     man, though nonetheless he is far above all men.
    (k) See Hebrews 2:10.

Hebrews 5:11
5:11 {6} Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be
     uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

 (6) A digression until he comes to the beginning of the
     seventh chapter; Hebrews 5:11-6:20: in which he partly
     holds the Hebrews in the diligent consideration of those
     things which he has said, and partly prepares them for
     the understanding of those things of which he will speak.

Hebrews 5:12
5:12 {7} For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have
     need that one teach you again which [be] the first
     principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as
     have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

 (7) An example of an apostolic exhortation.

Hebrews 5:13
5:13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the {l}
     word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

     (l) In the word that teaches righteousness.

Hebrews 5:14
5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,
     [even] those who by reason of use have their {m} senses
     exercised to discern both good and evil.

     (m) All their power by which they understand and judge.



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