Melchizedek’s Priesthood like Christ’s
1For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most 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, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
4Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.
5And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have a commandment Lit according toin the Law to collect Or tithesa tenth from the people, that is, from their countrymen, although they Lit have come out of the loins ofare descended from Abraham.
6But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected Or tithesa tenth from Abraham and Lit has blessedblessed the one who had 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, of 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 fatherforefather when Melchizedek met him.
11So if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according 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 the one about whom these 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 fromwas descended 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 Leviphysical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
17For it is attested of Him,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
18For, on the one hand, there is the nullification of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness
19(for the Law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, there is the introduction of a better hope, through which we come 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,
“The Lord has sworn
And will not change His mind,
‘You are a priest forever’ ”);
22by the same extent Jesus also has become the Or guarantorguarantee of a better covenant.
23 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;
24Lit HeJesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
25Therefore He is also able to save Or completelyforever those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens;
27who has no daily need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because He did this once for all time when He offered up Himself.
28For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, who has been made perfect forever.
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