111Nowifperfection was through the Leviticalpriesthood (for on the basis of it 2the peoplereceived the Law ), whatfurtherneed was there for anotherpriest to arise3according 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 4the one concerningwhom5thesethings are spokenbelongs to anothertribe, from whichnoone has officiated at the altar.
For it is evident that our Lordawas 6descended 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 b7physicalrequirement, but according to the power of 8an indestructiblelife.
For it is attested of Him, "9YOU ARE A PRIESTFOREVERACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."
For, on the onehand, there is a settingaside of a formercommandment10because of its weakness and uselessness19
(for 11the Lawmadenothingperfect ), and on the otherhand there is a bringing in of a better12hope, throughwhich we 13drawnear 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, "14THE LORD HAS SWORN AND 15WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, 'YOU ARE A PRIEST16FOREVER ' ");