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Hebrews 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Melchizedek the Priest

(Gen 14:17–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:1 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:2 - and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:3 - Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:4 - Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:5 - Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:6 - This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:7 - And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:8 - In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:9 - One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:10 - because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.

Jesus Like Melchizedek

(Psa 110:4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:11 - If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:12 - For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:13 - He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:14 - For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:15 - And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:17 - For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:18 - The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:19 - (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:20 - And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:21 - 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.’ ”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:22 - Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:23 - Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:24 - but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:25 - Therefore he is able to save completely[fn] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:26 - Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:27 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:28 - For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
NIV Footnotes
Psalm 110:4
Psalm 110:4
Or forever

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