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1 Melchizedek was the king of Salem. He was the priest of God Most High. He met Abraham, who was returning from winning a battle over some kings. Melchizedek 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 Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means "king of what is right." Also, "king of Salem" 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 Melchizedek has no father or mother. He has no family line. His days have no beginning. His life has no end. He remains a priest forever, just like 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 Think how great Melchizedek was. Even our father Abraham gave him a tenth of what he had captured. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 Now the law lays down a rule for the sons of Levi who become priests. They must collect a tenth from the people. They must collect it even from those who belong to the family line 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 did not trace his family line from Levi. But he collected a tenth from Abraham. Melchizedek blessed the one who had received 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 Without a doubt, the more important person blesses the less important one. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die. But in the other case, it is collected by the one who is said to be living. 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 Levi collects the tenth. But we might say that Levi paid the tenth through Abraham. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 That's because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in Abraham's body. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 Suppose the Levites who were priests could have made people perfect. The law was given to the people so they could become perfect through the priests. Then why was there still a need for another priest to come? And why did he need to be like Melchizedek? Why wasn't he from Aaron's family line? 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 A change of priests requires a change of law. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 Those things are said about one who is from a different tribe. No one from that tribe has ever served 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 family line of Judah. Moses said nothing about priests who were from 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 But suppose another priest like Melchizedek appears. Then what we have said is even more clear. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 He has not become a priest because of a rule about his family line. He has become a priest because of his powerful life. His life can never 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 Scripture says, "You are a priest forever, just like Melchizedek." #1(Psalm 110:4)#2 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 The old rule is done away with. It was weak and useless. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 The law didn't make anything perfect. Now a better hope has been given to us. That hope brings us near to God. 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 The change of priests was made with an oath. Others became priests without any oath. 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 But Jesus became a priest with an oath. God said to him, "The Lord has taken an oath and made a promise. He will not change his mind. He has said, 'You are a priest forever.' " #1(Psalm 110:4)#2 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 that oath, Jesus makes the promise of a better covenant certain. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 There were many priests in Levi's family line. Death kept them from continuing in office. 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 But Jesus lives forever. So he always holds the office of priest. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 People now come to God through him. And he is able to save them completely and for all time. Jesus lives forever. He prays 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 A high priest like that meets our need. He is holy, pure and without blame. He isn't like other people. He does not sin. He is lifted high 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 isn't like the other high priests. They need to offer sacrifices day after day. First they bring offerings for their own sins. Then they do it for the sins of the people. But Jesus gave one sacrifice for the sins of the people. He gave it once and for all time. He did it by offering 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 appoints men who are weak to be high priests. But God's oath came after the law. The oath appointed the Son. He 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.