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1 For this Melchisedec, King of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from smiting 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 Abraham gave also the tenth portion of all; first being interpreted 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 assimilated to the Son of God, abides 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 [personage] was, to whom [even] the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth out of the spoils. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And they indeed from among the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law, that is from their brethren, though these are 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 who has no genealogy from them has tithed Abraham, and blessed him 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 But beyond all gainsaying, the inferior is blessed by the better. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 And here dying men receive tithes; but there [one] of whom the witness is 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, so to speak, through Abraham, Levi also, who received tithes, has been made to pay 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 Melchisedec met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 If indeed then perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, for the people had their law given to them in connexion with *it*, what need [was there] still that a different priest should arise according to the order of Melchisedec, and not be named 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 takes place of necessity a change of law also. 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, belongs to a different tribe, of which no one has [ever] been attached to the service of 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 clear that our Lord has sprung out of Juda, as to which tribe Moses spake nothing as to 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 it is yet more abundantly evident, since a different priest arises according to the similitude of Melchisedec, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 who has been constituted not according to law of fleshly commandment, but according to power of indissoluble 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 borne witness, *Thou* art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedec. 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 For there is a setting aside of the commandment going before for its weakness and unprofitableness, 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 (for the law perfected nothing,) and the introduction of a better hope by which we draw nigh to God. 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And by how much [it was] not without the swearing of an oath; 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 (for they are become priests without the swearing of an oath, but he with the swearing of an oath, by him who said, as to him, The Lord has sworn, and will not repent [of it], *Thou* [art] priest for ever [according to the order of Melchisedec];) 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 Jesus became surety of a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 And they have been many priests, on account of being hindered from continuing by death; 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 but he, because of his continuing for ever, has the priesthood unchangeable. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Whence also he is able to save completely those who approach by him to God, always living 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 such a high priest became us, holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and become 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 not day by day need, as the high priests, first to offer up sacrifices for his own sins, then [for] those of the people; for this he did once for all [in] having 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 constitutes men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the swearing of the oath which [is] after the law, a Son perfected for ever. 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.