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.