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Hebrews 7:1-6 (New International Version)

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Melchizedek the Priest

1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem1 and priest of God Most High.2 He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,3 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy,4 without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God5 he remains a priest forever. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch6 Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!7 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people8--that is, their brothers--even though their brothers are descended from Abraham. 6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed9 him who had the promises.10
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