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1 This Melchizedek, who was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the defeat of the kings, and Melchizedek 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 Abraham gave a tenth of everything to him. His name means first "king of righteousness," and then "king of Salem," that 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 He is without father or mother or any family. He has no beginning or end of life, but he's like God's Son and remains a priest for all time. 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 See how great Melchizedek was! Abraham, the father of the people, gave him a tenth of everything he captured. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 The descendants of Levi who receive the office of priest have a commandment under the Law to collect a tenth of everything from the people who are their brothers and sisters, though they also are descended from 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 Melchizedek, who isn't related to them, received a tenth of everything from Abraham and blessed the one who had received 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 Without question, the less important person is blessed by the more important person. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 In addition, in one case a tenth is received by people who die, and in the other case, the tenth is received by someone who continues to live, according to the record. 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 It could be said that Levi, who received a tenth, paid a tenth through Abraham 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 because he was still in his ancestor's body when Abraham paid the tenth to Melchizedek. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 So if perfection came through the levitical office of priest (for the people received the Law under the priests), why was there still a need to speak about raising up another priest according to the order of Melchizedek rather than one according to 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 When the order of the priest changes, there has to be a change in the Law as well. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 The person we are talking about belongs to another tribe, and no one ever served at the altar from that tribe. 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 It's clear that our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, but Moses never said anything 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 it's even clearer if another priest appears who is like Melchizedek. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 He has become a priest by the power of a life that can't be destroyed, rather than a legal requirement about physical descent. 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 This is confirmed: You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek. 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 On the one hand, an earlier command is set aside because it was weak and useless 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 (because the Law made nothing perfect). On the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw 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 this was not done without a solemn pledge! The others have become priests without a solemn pledge, 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 but this priest was affirmed with a solemn pledge by the one who said, The Lord has made a solemn pledge and will not change his mind: You are a priest forever. 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 As a result, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 The others who became priests are numerous because death prevented them from continuing to serve. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 In contrast, he holds the office of priest permanently because he continues to serve forever. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 This is why he can completely save those who are approaching God through him, because he always lives to speak with 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's appropriate for us to have this kind of high priest: holy, innocent, incorrupt, separate from sinners, and raised high above 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 He doesn't need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests, first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. He did this once for all when he offered 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 appoints people who are prone to weakness as high priests, but the content of the solemn pledge, which came after the Law, appointed a Son who has been made perfect forever. 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.