Hebrews 7:11-21 (New American Standard)

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11 1Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it 2the people received the Law ), what further need was there for another priest to arise 3according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron ? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13 For 4the one concerning whom 5these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord awas 6descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of b7physical requirement, but according to the power of 8an indestructible life. 17 For it is attested of Him, "9YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK." 18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment 10because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for 11the Law made nothing perfect ), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better 12hope, through which we 13draw near to God. 20 And inasmuch as it was not without an oath 21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him, "14THE LORD HAS SWORN AND 15WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, 'YOU ARE A PRIEST 16FOREVER ' ");
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