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Hebrews 7:4-10 (New International Version)

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4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch1 Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!2 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people3--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 blessed4 him who had the promises.5 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.6 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
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