But withoutanydispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
In thiscasemortalmenreceivetithes, but in that case one receives them, 1of 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.
112Nowifperfection was through the Leviticalpriesthood (for on the basis of it 3the peoplereceived the Law ), whatfurtherneed was there for anotherpriest to arise4according 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 5the one concerningwhom6thesethings are spokenbelongs to anothertribe, from whichnoone has officiated at the altar.
For it is evident that our Lordawas 7descended 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 b8physicalrequirement, but according to the power of 9an indestructiblelife.
For it is attested of Him, "10YOU ARE A PRIESTFOREVERACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."