Hebrews 7:7-17 (New American Standard)

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7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, 1of whom it is witnessed that he lives on. 9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. 11 2Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it 3the people received the Law ), what further need was there for another priest to arise 4according 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 5the one concerning whom 6these 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 7descended 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 b8physical requirement, but according to the power of 9an indestructible life. 17 For it is attested of Him, "10YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."
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