But the one 1whose genealogy is not traced from them 2collectedaa tenth from Abraham and b3blessed the one who 4had the promises.
But withoutanydispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
In thiscasemortalmenreceivetithes, but in that case one receives them, 5of 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.
116Nowifperfection was through the Leviticalpriesthood (for on the basis of it 7the peoplereceived the Law ), whatfurtherneed was there for anotherpriest to arise8according 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 9the one concerningwhom10thesethings are spokenbelongs to anothertribe, from whichnoone has officiated at the altar.
For it is evident that our Lordcwas 11descended 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 d12physicalrequirement, but according to the power of 13an indestructiblelife.