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1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham [as he] was returning from the slaughter of 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 also Abraham apportioned a tenth of everything--in the first place, [his name] is translated "king of righteousness," and then also "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 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God--he 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 But see how great this man [was], to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth from the spoils! 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And indeed those of the sons of Levi who receive the priesthood have a commandment to collect a tenth from the people according to the law, that is, from their brothers, although {they 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 the one who did not trace [his] descent from them 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 Now without any dispute the inferior is blessed by the more prominent. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 And in this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case it is testified 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}, even Levi, the one 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 in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 Thus if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood, for on the basis of it the people received the law, what further need [is there] for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek and not said to be 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 For [when] the priesthood changes, of necessity there is a change of the law also. 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 spoken belongs to another tribe from which no one has officiated 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 For [it is] evident that our Lord is a descendant of Judah, a tribe [with reference] to which 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 it is still more clear, if another priest according to the likeness of Melchizedek arises, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 who has become [a priest] not according to a law of physical requirement, but according to 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 is testified, "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 For on the one hand a preceding commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 (for the law [made] nothing perfect), but on the other hand [there is] the introduction of a better hope 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 by as much as [this was] not without an oath (for these on the one hand {have become priests} without an oath, 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 but he with an oath by the one who said to him, "The Lord has sworn 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 by so much more Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 And indeed many {have become} priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing [in office], 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 but he, because he continues {forever}, holds the priesthood permanently. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Therefore also he is able to save completely those who draw near to God through him, [because he] always lives in order to intercede on their behalf. 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 a high priest such as this indeed is fitting for us, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and having become 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 who does not {need every day} like the former high priests to offer up sacrifices for his own sins [and] then for the [sins] of the people, because he did this once for all [when he] 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 appoints men [as] high priests who have weakness, but the statement of the oath, after the law, [appoints] a Son, who is 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.