The Melchisedek Priesthood1 For this Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of God the highest, the one having met with Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and having blessed him, 2 to whom also [3a tenth 4of 5all 2portioned 1Abraham], first indeed being translated king of righteousness, and thereupon also king of Salem, which is king of peace; 3 fatherless, motherless, of unknown genealogy, neither beginning of days, nor [3of life 2an end 1having], and taking an exact image to the son of God, abides a priest for perpetuity. 4 And view how great this one was, to whom [5even 6a tenth 1Abraham 4gave 7of 8the 9choice parts 2the 3patriarch]. 5 And indeed the ones of the sons of Levi, [2the 3priesthood 1receiving], [2a commandment 1have] to tithe the people according to the law, that is to say, the ones of their brethren, though they are ones having come forth from out of the loin of Abraham. 6 But the one not tracing descent from them received a tenth from Abraham, and [2the one 3having 4the 5promises 1has blessed]. 7 But separate from all dispute, the lesser [2by 3the 4better 1is blessed]. 8 And here indeed [4tenths 2die 1men 3who receive], but there receives one witnessed of that he lives. 9 And, as literally to speak, through Abraham even Levi the one [2tenths 1receiving] pays a tenth. 10 [3still 1For 4in 5the 6loin 7of the 8father 2he was] when [2met with 3him 1Melchisedek]. 11 If indeed then perfection [2through 3the 4Levitical 5priesthood 1were] ([2the 3people 1for 5upon 6it 4established law],) what still need was there [4according to 5the 6order 7of Melchisedek 1for another 3to arise 2priest], and not [2according to 3the 4order 5of Aaron 1to be named]? 12 [4being transposed 1For 2the 3priesthood], from necessity also [2of law 1a transposition] takes place. 13 For of whom are said these things, [3tribe 2of another 1partakes], from which no one has given attention to the altar. 14 For it is exposed to view that [3from out of 4Judah 2has risen 1our Lord], for which tribe [3nothing 4concerning 5priesthood 1Moses 2spoke]. 15 And more extra still it is quite evident, since according to the likeness of Melchisedek [3arises 2priest 1another], 16 who not according to the law [2commandment 1of fleshly] exists, but according to the power [2life 1of an indissoluble]. 17 For he testifies, that, You are a priest into the eon according to the order of Melchisedek. 18 [3an annulment 2indeed 1For 6takes place 5before 4of the commandment] because of its weak and unprofitable state; 19 [5nothing 1for 4perfected 2the 3law], but there is the further introduction of a better hope through which we approach to God. 20 And according to as much as not separate from the swearing of an oath 21 (for indeed the ones separate from swearing of an oath are [2priests 1become], but the one with swearing of an oath through the saying as to him, The Lord swore by an oath, and will not repent; you are a priest into the eon according to the order of Melchisedek,) 22 by so much of a better covenant [2has become 3surety 1Jesus]. 23 And indeed, there are more [2being 1priests], on account of death restrained from remaining; 24 but he, because of his abiding into the eon, [3inviolable 1has 2the] priesthood. 25 From where [2even 3to deliver 4totally 1he is able] the ones coming forward through him to God, at all times living to intercede for them. 26 For such [3us 2becomes 1a chief priest] -- sacred, guileless, undefiled, being separated from sinners, and [2higher 3than the 4heavens 1becoming]; 27 who has not had a daily necessity, as the chief priests, prior [3for 4their own 5sins 2sacrifices 1to offer], and thereupon for the sins of the people; for this he did once for all, [2himself 1having offered]. 28 [2the 3law 1For 5men 4ordains] chief priests, ones having weakness; [2the 3word 1but] of the swearing of an oath which is after the law [2a son 3into 4the 5eon 1has perfected].
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