1ForthisMelchisedec,king of Salem,priest of the most highGod,whometAbrahamreturningfrom the slaughter of the kings,andblessedhim;2
To whomalsoAbrahamgave a tenth partofall;firstbeing by interpretationKing of righteousness,and after thatalsoKing of Salem, which is , King of peace;3
Without father, without mother, without descent,ahavingneitherbeginning of days,norend of life;but made like unto the Son of God;abideth a priestcontinually .
4Nowconsider how great this man was, unto whomeven the patriarchAbrahamgave the tenthof the spoils.5Andverily they that are of the sons of Levi,whoreceive the office of the priesthood,have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is , of theirbrethren,though they come out of the loins of Abraham:6But he whose descent isnotcountedfromthem received tithes of Abraham,andblessed him that had the promises.7Andwithoutallcontradiction the less is blessedof the better.8Andheremen that diereceivetithes;butthere he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessedthat he liveth .
9Andas I may so say , Levialso,whoreceivethtithes, payed tithesinAbraham.10For he wasyetin the loins of his father,whenMelchisedecmethim.11Ifthereforeperfectionwereby the Leviticalpriesthood, (for underit the people received the law ,) whatfurtherneed was there that anotherpriest should riseafter the order of Melchisedec,andnot be calledafter the order of Aaron?12For the priesthood being changed , there is madeofnecessity a changealso of the law.13For he ofwhom these things are spokenpertaineth to anothertribe,ofwhich no man gave attendance at the altar.14For it is evidentthatourLordsprang out ofJuda;ofwhichtribeMosesspakenothingconcerningpriesthood.15And it isyet far moreevident:for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there arisethanotherpriest,16Who is made , notafter the law of a carnalcommandment,butafter the power of an endlesslife.17For he testifieth , Thou art a priestforeverafter the order of Melchisedec.18For there isverily a disannulling of the commandment going beforefor the weaknessandunprofitablenessthereof.19For the lawmadenothingperfect , but the bringing in of a betterhope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.20And inasmuch asnotwithout an oath he was made priest:
(For those priestsweremadewithoutb an oath;but this with an oathby him that saiduntohim, The Lordswareandwillnotrepent , Thou art a priestforeverafter the order of Melchisedec:)
22By so muchwasJesusmade a surety of a bettertestament.23Andtheytrulyweremanypriests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason ofdeath:24But this man, becausehecontinuethever , hath an unchangeablepriesthood.25Wherefore he is ablealso to save themto the uttermost that come unto Godbyhim, seeing he everlivethto make intercessionforthem.26Forsuch an high priestbecameus, who is holy,harmless,undefiled,separatefromsinners,andmade higher than the heavens;27Whoneedethnotdaily , as those high priests, to offer upsacrifice,firstfor his ownsins, and then for the people's:forthis he didonce, when he offered uphimself.28For the lawmakethmen high priests which haveinfirmity;but the word of the oath,which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecratedcforevermore.