For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe,1 and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.2
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For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah,3 and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
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And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.
For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."4
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The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless5
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(for the law made nothing perfect),6 and a better hope7 is introduced, by which we draw near to God.8
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And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind:9 'You are a priest forever.' "10
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Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.11
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