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,32
and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace."
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.
Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch6 Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!75
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.
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