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Hebrews 7 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The King of Righteousness
Melchizedek a Picture of Christ
(Gen. 14:17–20 )

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:1 - For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:2 - to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “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, remains a priest continually.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:4 - Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:5 - And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:6 - but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:7 - Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:8 - Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:9 - Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:10 - for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Need for a New Priesthood
(Ps. 110:4 )

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:11 - Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:12 - For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:13 - For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:14 - For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:15 - And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:16 - who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:17 - For He testifies:[fn]

“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:18 - For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:19 - for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Greatness of the New Priest

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:20 - And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:21 - (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

“The LORD has sworn
And will not relent,
‘You
are a priest forever[fn]
According to the order of Melchizedek’ ”
),[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:22 - by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:23 - Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:24 - But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:25 - Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:26 - For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:27 - who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:28 - For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads priests.
NU-Text reads it is testified.
Psalm 110:4
NU-Text ends the quotation here.
Psalm 110:4
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