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1 For this Melchizedek- King of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham and blessed him as he returned from defeating the kings, 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 Abraham gave him a tenth of everything; first, his name means "king of righteousness," then also, "king of Salem," meaning "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, mother, or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God- remains a priest forever. 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, to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the plunder! 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 The sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment according to the law to collect a tenth from the people-that is, from their brothers-though they have [also] 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 one without this lineage collected tithes from Abraham and blessed the one who had 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 a doubt, the inferior is blessed by the superior. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 In the one case, men who will die receive tithes; but in the other case, [Scripture] testifies that he lives. 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 in a sense Levi himself, who receives tithes, has paid tithes through Abraham, 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 for he was still within his forefather when Melchizedek met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 If, then, perfection came through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise in the order of Melchizedek, and not to be described as being in 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 when there is a change of the priesthood, there must be a change of law as well. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 For the One about whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, from which no one has served 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 Now it is evident that our Lord came from Judah, and about that tribe Moses said 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 this becomes clearer if another priest like Melchizedek arises, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 who doesn't become a [priest] based on a legal command concerning physical descent but based on the power of an indestructible 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 has been testified: You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 So the previous commandment is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 (for the law perfected nothing), but 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 None of this [happened] without an oath. For others became priests without an oath, 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 but He with an oath made by the One who said to Him: The Lord has sworn, and He 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 So Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 Now many have become [Levitical] priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede 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 this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted 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, as high priests do-first for their own sins, then for those 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 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, [appoints] a Son, who has been perfected 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.