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1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham, who 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 him also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, Melchizedek first being by interpretation "king of righteousness," and after that also 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 Without father, without mother and without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God, he abideth a priest continually. 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 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And verily, those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law -- that is, from their brethren -- though they come out of the loins 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 But Melchizedek, whose descent is not counted from them, received tithes from Abraham and blessed him that 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 And beyond all contradiction, the lesser is blessed by the greater. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 And here men who die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 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, as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 for he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met Abraham. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 If therefore perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called 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 the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 For He of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance 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 sprang out of Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 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 is yet far more evident when there ariseth another priest according to the similitude of Melchizedek, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 who is made not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an endless 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 He testifieth: "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 For there is verily an annulling of the former commandment because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw nigh unto God. 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And inasmuch as it was not without an oath that He was made priest 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 (for those priests were made without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said unto Him: "The Lord swore and will not repent, `Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.'"), 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 was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 And those priests truly were many, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death; 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 but this Man, because He continueth forever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession 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 For such a High Priest who is befitting for us, holy, undisposed to harm, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than 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 needeth not, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice daily first for His own sins and then for the people's; for this He did once 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 maketh men high priests who have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which came since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. 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.