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Melchizedek’s Priesthood Like Christ’s

1 For this aMelchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the bMost High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part 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. 3 Without father, without mother, awithout genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like bthe Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

[1] aGn 14:18-20; He 7:6 bMk 5:7
[3] aHe 7:6 bMt 4:3; He 7:1, 28

4 ¶ Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the apatriarch, bgave a tenth of the choicest spoils. 5 And those indeed of athe sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have commandment Iin the Law to collect IIa tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these IIIare descended from Abraham. 6 But the one awhose genealogy is not traced from them bcollected Ia tenth from Abraham and IIbblessed the one who chad the promises. 7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one [receives them], aof whom it is witnessed that he lives on. 9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

[4] aAc 2:29; 7:8f bGn 14:20
[5] ILit according to IIOr tithes IIILit have come out of the loins of aNu 18:21, 26; 2Ch 31:4f
[6] IOr tithes IILit has blessed aHe 7:3 bHe 7:1f cRo 4:13
[8] aHe 5:6; 6:20

11aNow if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it bthe people received the Law), what further need [was there] for another priest to arise caccording to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13 For athe one concerning whom bthese things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord Iwas adescended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become [such] not on the basis of a law of Iaphysical requirement, but according to the power of ban indestructible life. 17 For it is attested [of Him],
  “aYOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER
  ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”
18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment abecause of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for athe Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better bhope, through which we cdraw near to God. 20 And inasmuch as [it was] not without an oath 21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,
  “aTHE LORD HAS SWORN
  AND bWILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND,
  ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST cFOREVER’”);
22 so much the more also Jesus has become the aguarantee of ba better covenant.

[11] aHe 7:18f; 8:7 bHe 9:6; 10:1 cHe 5:6; 7:17
[13] aHe 7:14 bHe 7:11
[14] ILit has arisen from aNu 24:17; Is 11:1; Mi 5:2; Mt 2:6; Rv 5:5
[16] ILit fleshly commandment; i.e. to be a descendant of Levi aHe 9:10 bHe 9:14
[17] aPs 110:4; He 5:6; 6:20; 7:21
[18] aRo 8:3; Ga 3:21; He 7:11
[19] aAc 13:39; Ro 3:20; 7:7f; Ga 2:16; 3:21; He 9:9; 10:1 bHe 3:6 cLm 3:57; He 4:16; 7:25; 10:1, 22; Jm 4:8
[21] aPs 110:4; He 5:6; 7:17 bNu 23:19; 1S 15:29; Ro 11:29 cHe 7:23f, 28
[22] aPs 119:122; Is 38:14 bHe 8:6

23IThe [former] priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues aforever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to asave Iforever those who bdraw near to God through Him, since He always lives to cmake intercession for them.

[23] ILit The greater number have become priests...
[24] aIs 9:7; Jn 12:34; Ro 9:5; He 7:23f, 28
[25] IOr completely a1Co 1:21 bHe 7:19 cRo 8:34; He 9:24

26 ¶ For it was fitting for us to have such a ahigh priest, bholy, cinnocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and dexalted above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to aoffer up sacrifices, bfirst for His own sins and then for the [sins] of the people, because this He did conce for all when He doffered up Himself. 28 For the Law appoints men as high priests awho are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, [appoints] ba Son, cmade perfect forever.

[26] aHe 2:17 b2Co 5:21; He 4:15 c1P 2:22 dHe 4:14
[27] aHe 5:1 bLv 9:7; He 5:3 cHe 9:12, 28; 10:10 dEp 5:2; He 9:14, 28; 10:10, 12
[28] aHe 5:2 bHe 1:2 cHe 2:10


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Christ Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchisedec,

1 ¶ For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man [was], unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

[1] Gn 14:18; 16:14; Ps 57:2; 76:2; 78:35, 56; Is 41:2; Dn 4:2; 5:18, 21; Mi 6:6; Mk 5:7; Ac 16:17; He 6:20.
[2] Gn 28:22; Lv 27:32; Nu 18:21; 1S 8:15, 17; 2S 8:15; 23:3; 1K 4:24; 1Ch 22:9; Ps 45:4; 72:1, 7; 85:10; Is 9:6; 32:1; 45:22; Jr 23:5; 33:15; Mi 5:5; Lk 2:14; Ro 3:26; 5:1; Ep 2:14.
[3] Ex 6:18, 20; 1Ch 6:1; He 7:17, 23.
[4] Gn 12:2; 14:20; 17:5; Ac 2:29; 7:8; Ro 4:11, 17; Ga 3:28; Jm 2:23.
[5] Gn 35:11; 46:26; Ex 1:5; 28:1; Lv 27:30; Nu 16:10; 17:3; 18:7, 21, 26; 1K 8:19; 2Ch 31:4; Ne 13:10; He 5:4; 7:10.
[6] Gn 12:2, 13; 13:14; 14:19; 17:4; 22:17; Ac 3:25; Ro 4:13; 9:4; Ga 3:16; He 6:13; 7:3, 4; 11:13, 17.
[7] Gn 27:20; 28:1; 47:7; 48:15; 49:28; Nu 6:23; Dt 32:1; 2S 6:20; 1K 8:55; 2Ch 30:27; Lk 24:50; 2Co 13:14; 1Ti 3:16; He 11:20.
[8] Jn 11:25; 14:6, 19; He 3:16; 5:6; 6:20; 7:23; 9:24, 27; Rv 1:18.
[9] Gn 14:20; Ro 5:12; He 7:4.
[10] Gn 35:11; 46:26; 1K 8:19; He 7:5.

and so, far more excellent than the priests of Aaron's order.

11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For he testifieth, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 20 And inasmuch as not without an oath [he was made priest]: 21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24 But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

[11] Ga 2:21; 4:3, 9; Col 2:10; He 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:15, 17, 18, 21, 26; 8:7, 10; 10:1.
[12] Is 66:21; Jr 31:31; Ezk 16:61; Ac 6:13.
[13] Nu 16:40; 17:5; 2Ch 26:16.
[14] Gn 46:12; 49:10; Ru 4:18; Is 11:1; Jr 23:5; Mi 5:2; Mt 1:3; Lk 1:43; 2:23; 3:33; Jn 20:13, 28; Ro 1:3; 2:3; Ep 1:3; Php 3:8; Rv 5:5; 22:16.
[15] Ps 110:4; He 7:3, 11, 17.
[16] Ga 4:3, 9; Col 2:14, 20; He 7:3, 17, 21, 24, 28; 9:9; 10:1; Rv 1:18.
[17] Ps 110:4; He 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:15, 21.
[18] Ac 13:39; Ro 3:31; 8:3; Ga 3:15, 17; 4:9, 21; 1Ti 4:8; He 7:11, 19; 8:7; 9:9; 10:1; 13:9.
[19] Ps 73:28; Jn 1:17; 14:6; Ac 13:39; Ro 3:20; 5:2; 8:3; Ga 2:16; 3:24; Ep 2:13; 3:12; Col 1:27; 1Ti 1:1; He 4:16; 6:18; 7:11; 8:6; 9:9; 10:19; 11:40.
[21] Ps 110:4; He 6:16; 7:17.
[22] Gn 43:9; 44:32; Pv 6:1; 20:16; Dn 9:27; Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24; Lk 22:20; 1Co 11:25; He 8:6; 9:15; 12:24; 13:20.
[23] 1Ch 6:3; Ne 12:10; He 7:8.
[24] 1S 2:35; Is 9:6; Jn 12:34; Ro 6:9; He 7:8, 28; 13:8; Rv 1:18.
[25] Jb 22:17; 23:3; Ps 68:31; Is 45:22, 24; 53:12; 59:16; 63:1; Jr 3:22; Dn 3:15, 17, 29; 6:20; 9:16; Jn 5:37; 10:29, 30; 14:6, 13, 16; 16:23; 17:9; Ro 5:2; 8:34; Ep 2:18; 3:12, 20; Php 3:21; 1Ti 2:5; 2Ti 1:12; He 2:18; 5:7; 7:8, 16, 19, 24; 9:24; 11:6; 13:15; 1Jn 2:1; Jde 1:24; Rv 8:3.
[26] Ex 28:36; Ps 68:18; Is 53:9; Mt 27:18; Mk 16:19; Lk 1:35; 23:22, 41, 47; 24:26, 46; Jn 8:29; 14:30; Ac 3:14; 4:27; 2Co 5:21; Ep 1:20; 4:8; Php 2:9; He 1:3; 2:10; 4:14, 15; 7:11; 8:1; 9:14, 23; 10:11; 12:2; 1P 1:19; 2:22; 3:22; 1Jn 2:2; 3:5; Rv 1:17; 3:7.
[27] Ex 29:36; Lv 4:3, 13; 9:7, 15; 16:6, 11, 15; Nu 28:2; Is 53:10; Ro 6:10; Ep 2:22; Tit 2:14; He 5:3; 9:7, 12, 14, 25, 28; 10:6, 11.
[28] Ex 32:21; Lv 4:3; Ps 110:4; Lk 13:32; Jn 19:30; He 1:2; 2:10; 3:6; 4:14; 5:1, 5, 8, 9; 7:3, 21, 24.


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