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.
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.
5:43 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.
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.
5:74 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
(h) To deliver him from death.
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.
5:95 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 (Heb 2:10).
5:116 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; (Heb 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.
5:127 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.
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.
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.