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1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and a priest of the Most High God. As Abraham was coming back from the battle in which he defeated the four kings, Melchizedek met him 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 and Abraham gave him one tenth of all he had taken. (The first meaning of Melchizedek's name is "King of Righteousness"; and because he was king of Salem, his name also means "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 There is no record of Melchizedek's father or mother or of any of his ancestors; no record of his birth or of his death. He is like the Son of God; he 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 You see, then, how great he was. Abraham, our famous ancestor, gave him one tenth of all he got in the battle. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And those descendants of Levi who are priests are commanded by the Law to collect one tenth from the people of Israel, that is, from their own people, even though they are also descendants 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 Melchizedek was not descended from Levi, but he collected one tenth from Abraham and blessed him, the man who received God's 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 There is no doubt that the one who blesses is greater than the one who is blessed. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 In the case of the priests the tenth is collected by men who die; but as for Melchizedek the tenth was collected by one who lives, as the scripture says. 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, when Abraham paid the tenth, Levi (whose descendants collect the tenth) also paid it. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 For Levi had not yet been born, but was, so to speak, in the body of his ancestor Abraham when Melchizedek met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 It was on the basis of the levitical priesthood that the Law was given to the people of Israel. Now, if the work of the levitical priests had been perfect, there would have been no need for a different kind of priest to appear, one who is in the priestly order of Melchizedek, not 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 the priesthood is changed, there also has to be 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 And our Lord, of whom these things are said, belonged to a different tribe, and no member of his tribe ever served as a priest. 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 is well known that he was born a member of the tribe of Judah; and Moses did not mention this tribe when he spoke of priests. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
15 The matter becomes even plainer; a different priest has appeared, who is like Melchizedek. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 He was made a priest, not by human rules and regulations, but through the power of a life which has no 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 the scripture says, "You will be a priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek." 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 The old rule, then, is set aside, because it was weak and useless. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 For the Law of Moses could not make anything perfect. And now a better hope has been provided 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 In addition, there is also God's vow. There was no such vow when the others were made priests. 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 But Jesus became a priest by means of a vow when God said to him, "The Lord has made a solemn promise and will not take it back: "You will be 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 This difference, then, also makes Jesus the guarantee of a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 There is another difference: there were many of those other priests, because they died and could not continue their work. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But Jesus lives on forever, and his work as priest does not pass on to someone else. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead 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 Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him; he has been set apart from sinners and raised 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 is not like other high priests; he does not need to offer sacrifices every day for his own sins first and then for the sins of the people. He offered one sacrifice, once and 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 of Moses appoints men who are imperfect to be high priests; but God's promise made with the vow, which came later than the Law, appoints the 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.