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1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,
2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is King of peace; 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace."
3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God), abideth a priest continually. 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the chief spoils. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And they indeed of the sons of Levi that receive the priest's office have commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though these have come out of the loins of Abraham: 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people--that is, their brothers--even though their brothers are descended from Abraham.
6 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them hath taken tithes of Abraham, and hath blessed him that hath the promises. 6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
7 But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.
9 And, so to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes; 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 for he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need [was there] that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? 11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come--one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
15 And [what we say] is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life: 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.
17 for it is witnessed [of him,] Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek. 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God. 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And inasmuch as [it is] not without the taking of an oath 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that saith of him, The Lord sware and will not repent himself, Thou art a priest for ever); 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: 'You are a priest forever.' "
22 by so much also hath Jesus become the surety of a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing: 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 but he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26 For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 26 Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
27 who needeth not daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the [sins] of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
28 For the law appointeth men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, [appointeth] a Son, perfected for evermore. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.