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Hebrews 7 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God. He met Abraham and blessed him when Abraham was returning 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 Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had captured. In the first place, Melchizedek's name means king of righteousness. He is also called king of Salem (which 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 No one knows anything about Melchizedek's father, mother, or ancestors. No one knows when he was born or when he died. Like the Son of God, Melchizedek continues to be 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 can see how important Melchizedek was. Abraham gave him a tenth of what he had captured, even though Abraham was the father of the chosen people. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 Moses' Teachings say that members of the tribe of Levi who become priests must receive a tenth of everything from the people. The priests collect it from their own people, Abraham's descendants. 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 Although Melchizedek was not from the tribe of Levi, he received a tenth of everything from Abraham. Then Melchizedek blessed Abraham, who had 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 No one can deny that the more important person blesses the less important person. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 Priests receive a tenth of everything, but they die. Melchizedek received a tenth of everything, but we are told 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 We could even say that when Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything, Levi was giving a tenth of everything. Levi gave, although later his descendants would receive a tenth of everything. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 Even though Levi had not yet been born, he was in the body of Abraham when Melchizedek met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 The people established the Levitical priesthood based on instructions they received. If the work of the Levitical priests had been perfect, we wouldn't need to speak about another kind of priest. However, we speak about another kind of priest, a priest like Melchizedek, not a Levitical priest like 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 a different kind of priesthood is established, the regulations for those priests are different. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 The priest whom we are talking about was a member of a different tribe. No one from that tribe ever served as a priest 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 Everyone knows that our Lord came from the tribe of Judah. Moses never said anything about priests coming 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 The regulations were different. This became clear when a different priest who is like Melchizedek appeared. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 That person is a priest, not because he met human requirements, but because he has power that comes from a life that cannot be destroyed. 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 The Scriptures say the following about him: "You are a priest forever, in the way Melchizedek was a priest." 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 The former requirements are rejected because they are weak and useless. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 Moses' Teachings couldn't accomplish everything that God required. But we have something else that gives us greater confidence and allows us to approach 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. The men from the tribe of Levi may have become priests without an oath, 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 but Jesus became a priest when God took an oath. God said about him, "The Lord has taken an oath 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 In this way Jesus has become the guarantee of a better promise. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 There was a long succession of priests because when a priest died he could no longer serve. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But Jesus lives forever, so he serves as a priest forever. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 That is why he is always able to save those who come to God through him. He can do this because he always lives and intercedes 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 We need a chief priest who is holy, innocent, pure, set apart from sinners, and who has the highest position in heaven. 26 Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
27 We need a priest who doesn't have to bring daily sacrifices as those chief priests did. First they brought sacrifices for their own sins, and then they brought sacrifices for the sins of the people. Jesus brought the sacrifice for the sins of the people once and for all when he sacrificed 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 Moses' Teachings designated mortals as chief priests even though they had weaknesses. But God's promise, which came after Moses' Teachings, designated the Son who forever accomplished everything that God required. 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.