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1 This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against many 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 Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had won in the battle and gave it to Melchizedek. His name means "king of justice." He is also "king of peace" because Salem means "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 his father or mother or any of his ancestors -- no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God. 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 Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized how great Melchizedek was by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 Now the priests, who are descendants of Levi, are commanded in the law of Moses to collect a tithe from all the people, even though they are their own relatives. 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 Melchizedek, who was not even related to Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. 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 And without question, the person who has the power to bless is always greater than the person who is blessed. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 In the case of Jewish priests, tithes are paid to men who will die. But Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. 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 In addition, we might even say that Levi's descendants, the ones who collect the tithe, paid a tithe to Melchizedek through their ancestor Abraham. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 For although Levi wasn't born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham's loins when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 And finally, if the priesthood of Levi could have achieved God's purposes -- and it was that priesthood on which the law was based -- why did God need to send a different priest from the line of Melchizedek, instead of from the line of Levi and 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 the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 For the one we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members do not serve 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 What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned Judah in connection with the priesthood. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
15 The change in God's law is even more evident from the fact that a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has now come. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 He became a priest, not by meeting the old requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of 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 And the psalmist pointed this out when he said of Christ, "You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek." 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was 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 made nothing perfect, and now a better hope has taken its place. And that is how 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 God took an oath that Christ would always be a priest, but he never did this for any other priest. 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 Only to Jesus did he say, "The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow: '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 Because of God's oath, it is Jesus who guarantees the effectiveness of this better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 Another difference is that there were many priests under the old system. When one priest died, another had to take his place. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But Jesus remains a priest forever; his priesthood will never end. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save everyone who comes to God through him. He lives forever to plead with God 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 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has now been set apart from sinners, and he has been given the highest place of honor 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 He does not need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he sacrificed himself on the cross. 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 Those who were high priests under the law of Moses were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his 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.