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

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:2 - and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:3 - He is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest for ever.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:4 - See how great he is! Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of the spoils.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:5 - And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brethren, though these also are descended from Abraham.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:6 - But this man who has not their genealogy received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:7 - It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:8 - Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:9 - One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:10 - for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchiz'edek met him.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:11 - Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levit'ical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchiz'edek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:12 - For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:13 - For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:14 - For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:15 - This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchiz'edek,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:16 - who has become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:17 - For it is witnessed of him, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek."

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:18 - On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:19 - (for the law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:20 - And it was not without an oath.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:21 - Those who formerly became priests took their office without an oath, but this one was addressed with an oath, "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'Thou art a priest for ever.'"

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:22 - This makes Jesus the surety of a better covenant.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:23 - The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:24 - but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:25 - Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:26 - For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:27 - He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:28 - Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.

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