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1 For this man, Melchizedek, King of Salem and priest of the Most High God--he who when Abraham was returning after defeating the kings met him and pronounced a blessing on 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 presented a tenth part of all--being first, as his name signifies, King of righteousness, and secondly King of Salem, that 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 with no father or mother, and no record of ancestry: having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made a type of the Son of God--this man Melchizedek remains a priest for ever. 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 think how great this priest-king must have been to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth part of the best of the spoil. 4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
5 And those of the descendants of Levi who receive the priesthood are authorized by the Law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brethren, though these have sprung from 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, in this instance, one who does not trace his origin from them takes tithes from Abraham, and pronounces a blessing on him to whom the promises belong. 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 dispute it is always the inferior who is blessed by the superior. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
8 Moreover here frail mortal men receive tithes: there one receives them about whom there is evidence that he is alive. 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 Levi too--if I may so speak--pays tithes through Abraham: 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
10 for Levi was yet in the loins of his forefather when Melchizedek met Abraham. 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 Now if the crowning blessing was attainable by means of the Levitical priesthood--for as resting on this foundation the people received the Law, to which they are still subject-- what further need was there for a Priest of a different kind to be raised up belonging to the order of Melchizedek instead of being said to belong 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 when the priesthood changes, a change of Law also of necessity takes place. 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
13 He, however, to whom that prophecy refers is associated with a different tribe, not one member of which has anything to do with 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 undeniable that our Lord sprang from Judah, a tribe of which Moses said nothing in connection with priests. 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 still more abundantly clear when we read that it is as belonging to the order of Melchizedek that a priest of a different kind is to arise, 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
16 and hold His office not in obedience to any temporary Law, but by virtue of an indestructible 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 the words are in evidence, "Thou art a priest for ever, belonging to the order of Melchizedek." 17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
18 On the one hand we have here the abrogation of an earlier code because it was weak and ineffective-- 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
19 for the Law brought no perfect blessing--but on the other hand we have the bringing in of a new and better hope by means of which 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 And since it was not without an oath being taken-- 20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
21 for these men hold office without any oath having been taken, but He holds it attested by an oath from Him who said to Him, "The Lord has sworn and will not recall His words, Thou art a Priest for ever" -- 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 so much the more also is the Covenant of which Jesus has become the guarantor, a better covenant. 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23 And they have been appointed priests many in number, because death prevents their continuance in office: 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 but He, because He continues for ever, has a priesthood which does not pass to any successor. 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Hence too He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, seeing that He ever lives to plead 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 Moreover we needed just such a High Priest as this--holy, guileless, undefiled, far removed from sinful men and exalted 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 who, unlike other High Priests, is not under the necessity of offering up sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and afterwards for those of the people; for this latter thing He did once for all 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 constitutes men High Priests--men with all their infirmity--but the utterance of the oath, which came later than the Law, constitutes High Priest a Son who has been made for ever perfect. 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.