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1 For this Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a priest of the Most High God, who gave Abraham his blessing, meeting him when he came back after putting the kings to death, 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 And to whom Abraham gave a tenth part of everything which he had, being first named King of righteousness, and then in addition, King of Salem, that is to say, 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 Being without father or mother, or family, having no birth or end to his life, being made like the Son of God, is a priest for ever. 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 see how great this man was, to whom our father Abraham gave a tenth part of what he had got in the fight. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And it is true that by the law, those of the sons of Levi who have the position of priests may take a tenth part of the people's goods; that is to say, they take it from their brothers though these are the sons 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 this man, who was not of their family, took the tenth from Abraham, and gave a blessing to him to whom God had given his undertaking. 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 there is no doubt that the less gets his blessing from the greater. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 Now at the present time, men over whom death has power take the tenth; but then it was taken by one of whom it is witnessed that he is living. 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 we may say that in Abraham, even Levi, who has a right to take the tenth part, gave it; 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 Because he was still in his father's body when Melchizedek came to him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 Now if it was possible for things to be made complete through the priests of the house of Levi (for the law was given to the people in connection with them), what need was there for another priest who was of the order of Melchizedek and not of 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 Because if the priests are changed, it is necessary to make a change in 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 comes of another tribe, of which no man has ever made offerings 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 Because it is clear that our Lord comes out of Judah, and Moses said nothing about priests from that tribe. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
15 And this is even more clear if a second priest has come up who is like Melchizedek, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 That is to say, not made by a law based on the flesh, but by the power of a life without end: 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 has been witnessed of him, You are 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 So the law which went before is put on one side, because it was feeble and without profit. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 (Because the law made nothing complete), and in its place there is a better hope, through which we come near to God. 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And as this is not without the taking of an oath 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 (For those were made priests without an oath, but this one was made a priest with an oath by him who says of him, The Lord gave his oath, which he will not take back, that you are 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 is it a better agreement which we have through Jesus. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 And it is true that there have been a great number of those priests, because death does not let them go on for ever; 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But this priest, because his life goes on for ever, is unchanging. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 So that he is fully able to be the saviour of all who come to God through him, because he is ever living to make prayer to God 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 It was right for us to have such a high priest, one who is holy and without evil, doing no wrong, having no part with 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 has no need to make offerings for sins every day, like those high priests, first for himself, and then for the people; because he did this once and for ever when he made an offering of 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 The law makes high priests of men who are feeble; but the word of the oath, which was made after the law, gives that position to a Son, in whom all good is for ever complete. 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.