For this 1Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the 2Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
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to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.
Without father, without mother, 3without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like 4the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually .
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Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the 5patriarch, 6gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.
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And those indeed of 7the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.
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But the one 8whose genealogy is not traced from them 9collected a tenth from Abraham and 10blessed the one who 11had the promises.
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But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, 12of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.
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And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,
for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
13Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it 14the people received the Law ), what further need was there for another priest to arise 15according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?
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For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.
For 16the one concerning whom 17these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.
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For it is evident that our Lord was 18descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.
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And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,
who has become such not on the basis of a law of 19physical requirement, but according to the power of 20an indestructible life.
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For it is attested of Him, "21YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."
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For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment 22because of its weakness and uselessness
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(for 23the Law made nothing perfect ), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better 24hope, through which we 25draw near to God.
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And inasmuch as it was not without an oath
(for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him, "26THE LORD HAS SWORN AND 27WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, 'YOU ARE A PRIEST 28FOREVER ' ");
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so much the more also Jesus has become the 29guarantee of 30a better covenant.
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The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,
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but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues 31forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
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Therefore He is able also to 32save forever those who 33draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to 34make intercession for them.
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For it was fitting for us to have such a 35high priest, 36holy, 37innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and 38exalted above the heavens;
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who does not need daily , like those high priests, to 39offer up sacrifices, 40first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did 41once for all when He 42offered up Himself.
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For the Law appoints men as high priests 43who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints 44a Son, 45made perfect forever.
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