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1 Melchizedekn was the king of Salem and a priest for God Most High. He met Abraham when Abraham was coming back after defeating the kings. When they met, Melchizedek blessed Abraham, 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 he had brought back from the battle. First, Melchizedek's name means "king of goodness," and he is 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 who Melchizedek's father or mother was, where he came from, when he was born, or when he died. Melchizedek is like the Son of God; he continues being 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 great Melchizedek was. Abraham, the great father, gave him a tenth of everything that he won in battle. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 Now the law says that those in the tribe of Levi who become priests must collect a tenth from the people -- their own people -- even though the priests and the people are from the family 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 from the tribe of Levi, but he collected a tenth from Abraham. And he blessed Abraham, the man 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 Now everyone knows 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, even though they are only men who live and then die. But Melchizedek, who received a tenth from Abraham, continues living, 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 We might even say that Levi, who receives a tenth, also paid it when Abraham paid Melchizedek a tenth. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 Levi was not yet born, but he was in the body of his ancestor when Melchizedek met Abraham. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 The people were given the lawn based on a system of priests from the tribe of Levi, but they could not be made perfect through that system. So there was a need for another priest to come, a priest like Melchizedek, not 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 And when a different kind of priest comes, the law must be changed, too. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 We are saying these things about Christ, who belonged to 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 It is clear that our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses said nothing about priests belonging to 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 And this becomes even more clear when we see that another priest comes who is like Melchizedek. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 He was not made a priest by human rules and laws but through the power of his life, which continues forever. 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 It is said about him, "You are a priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek." 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 The old rule is now set aside, because it was weak and useless. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 The law of Moses could not make anything perfect. But now a better hope has been given to us, and with this hope we can 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 It is important that God did this with an oath. Others became priests without an oath, 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 but Christ became a priest with God's oath. God said: "The Lord has made a promise 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 This means that Jesus is the guarantee of a better agreementn from God to his people. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 When one of the other priests died, he could not continue being a priest. So there were many priests. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But because Jesus lives forever, he will never stop serving as priest. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 So he is able always to save those who come to God through him because he always lives, asking God to help 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 is the kind of high priest we need. He is holy, sinless, pure, not influenced by sinners, and he is 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 the other priests who had to offer sacrifices every day, first for their own sins, and then for the sins of the people. Christ offered his sacrifice only once and for all time 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 chooses high priests who are people with weaknesses, but the word of God's oath came later than the law. It made God's Son to be the high priest, and that Son 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.