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Hebrews 7 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Melchizedek’s Priesthood like Christ’s

(Gen 14:17–20 )
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For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:2 - to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:3 - Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
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Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:5 - And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have a commandment [fn]in the Law to collect [fn]a tenth from the people, that is, from their countrymen, although they [fn]are descended from Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:6 - But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected [fn]a tenth from Abraham and [fn]blessed the one who had the promises.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:7 - But without any dispute the lesser person is blessed by the greater.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:8 - In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:9 - And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, has paid tithes,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:10 - for he was still in the loins of his [fn]forefather when Melchizedek met him.
(Psa 110:4 )
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So if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:12 - For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:13 - For the one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:14 - For it is evident that our Lord [fn]was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses said nothing concerning priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:15 - And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:16 - who has become a priest not on the basis of a law of [fn]physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:17 - For it is attested of Him,



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For, on the one hand, there is the nullification of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:19 - (for the Law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, there is the introduction of a better hope, through which we come near to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:20 - And to the extent that it was not without an oath
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:21 - (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,




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by the same extent Jesus also has become the [fn]guarantee of a better covenant.

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[fn]The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:24 - [fn]Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:25 - Therefore He is also able to save [fn]forever those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
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For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:27 - who has no daily need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because He did this once for all time when He offered up Himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:28 - For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, who has been made perfect forever.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit according to
Or tithes
Lit have come out of the loins of
Or tithes
Lit has blessed
Lit father
Lit has arisen from
Lit fleshly commandment; i.e., to be a descendant of Levi
Or guarantor
Lit The greater number have become priests...
Lit He
Or completely

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