Hebrews 7

Melchizedek’s Priesthood like Christ’s

1 For this aMelchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the bMost High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. 3Without father, without mother, cwithout genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like dthe Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

4 Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the epatriarch, fgave a tenth of the choicest spoils. 5And those indeed of gthe sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have a commandment
Lit according to
in the Law to collect
Or tithes
a tenth from the people, that is, from their countrymen, although they
Lit have come out of the loins of
are descended from Abraham.
6But the one kwhose genealogy is not traced from them lcollected
Or tithes
a tenth from Abraham and
Lit has blessed
oblessed the one who phad the promises.
7But without any dispute the lesser person is blessed by the greater. 8In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, qof whom it is witnessed that he lives on. 9And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, has paid tithes, 10for he was still in the loins of his
Lit father
forefather when Melchizedek met him.

11 sSo if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it tthe people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise uaccording to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13For vthe one about whom wthese things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord
Lit has arisen from
was ydescended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses said nothing concerning priests.
15And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16who has become a priest not on the basis of a law of
Lit fleshly commandment; i.e., to be a descendant of Levi
aaphysical requirement, but according to the power of aban indestructible life.
17For it is attested of Him,

acYou are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
18 For, on the one hand, there is the nullification of a former commandment adbecause of its weakness and uselessness 19(for aethe Law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, there is the introduction of a better afhope, through which we agcome near to God. 20And to the extent that it was not without an oath 21(for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,

ahThe Lord has sworn
And aiwill not change His mind,
‘You are a priest ajforever’”);
22 by the same extent Jesus also has become the
Or guarantor
alguarantee of ama better covenant.

Lit The greater number have become priests...
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing;
Lit He
Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues apforever, holds His priesthood permanently.
25Therefore He is also able to aqsave
Or completely
forever those who ascome to God through Him, since He always lives to atmake intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting for us to have such a auhigh priest, avholy, awinnocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and axexalted above the heavens; 27who has no daily need, like those high priests, to ayoffer up sacrifices, azfirst for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because He did this baonce for all time when He bboffered up Himself. 28For the Law appoints men as high priests bcwho are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints bda Son, who has been bemade perfect forever.

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