For this1Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the 2MostHighGod, who metAbraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
to whomalsoAbrahamapportioned a tenthpart of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and thenalsoking of Salem, which is king of peace.
3Withoutfather, withoutmother, 3withoutgenealogy, havingneitherbeginning of daysnorend of life, but madelike4the Son of God, he remains a priestperpetually .
4Nowobservehowgreatthisman was to whomAbraham, the 5patriarch, 6gave a tenth of the choicestspoils.
And thoseindeed of 7the sons of Levi who receive the priest'sofficehavecommandmentain the Law to collectba tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these care descended from Abraham.
But the one 8whose genealogy is not traced from them 9collectedda tenth from Abraham and e10blessed the one who 11had the promises.
But withoutanydispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
In thiscasemortalmenreceivetithes, but in that case one receives them, 12of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.
And, so to speak, throughAbrahamevenLevi, who receivedtithes, paidtithes,
for he was still in the loins of his fatherwhenMelchizedekmet him.
1113Nowifperfection was through the Leviticalpriesthood (for on the basis of it 14the peoplereceived the Law ), whatfurtherneed was there for anotherpriest to arise15according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designatedaccording to the order of Aaron?
For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takesplace a change of lawalso.
For 16the one concerningwhom17thesethings are spokenbelongs to anothertribe, from whichnoone has officiated at the altar.
For it is evident that our Lordfwas 18descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to whichMosesspokenothingconcerningpriests.
And this is clearerstill, ifanotherpriestarisesaccording to the likeness of Melchizedek,
16who has become such not on the basis of a law of g19physicalrequirement, but according to the power of 20an indestructiblelife.
For it is attested of Him, "21YOU ARE A PRIESTFOREVERACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."
For, on the onehand, there is a settingaside of a formercommandment22because of its weakness and uselessness19
(for 23the Lawmadenothingperfect ), and on the otherhand there is a bringing in of a better24hope, throughwhich we 25drawnear to God.
And inasmuch as it was not without an oath21
(for they indeedbecamepriestswithout an oath, but He with an oaththrough the One who said to Him, "26THE LORD HAS SWORN AND 27WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, 'YOU ARE A PRIEST28FOREVER ' ");
22somuch the morealsoJesus has become the 29guarantee of 30a bettercovenant.
23hThe former priests, on the onehand, existed in greaternumbersbecause they were prevented by death from continuing,
but Jesus, on the otherhand, because He continues31forever, holds His priesthoodpermanently.
25Therefore He is ablealso to 32saveiforeverthose who 33drawnear to Godthrough Him, since He alwayslives to 34makeintercession for them.
For it was fitting for us to have such a 35highpriest, 36holy, 37innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and 38exalted above the heavens;
27who does not needdaily , likethosehighpriests, to 39offer up sacrifices, 40first for His ownsins and then for the sins of the people, becausethis He did41once for all when He 42offered up Himself.
For the Lawappointsmen as highpriests43who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints 44a Son, 45madeperfectforever.