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1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham 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 gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which 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 descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like to the Son of God; 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], to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the 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 they that 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 from 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 he 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 without all contradiction the less is blessed by the better. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is testified 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 say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in 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 Melchisedec met him. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after 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 from 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 it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after 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 Melchisedec. 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the preceding commandment on account of its weakness and unprofitableness. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the introduction of a better hope [did]; by which we draw nigh to 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 not without an oath [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 this with an oath, by him that said to him, The Lord swore, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 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 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 they truly were many priests, 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 ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to 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 became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate 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 daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, 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 was after 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.