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7:1 For this Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who did meet Abraham turning back from the smiting of the kings, and did bless him,
7:2 to whom also a tenth of all did Abraham divide, (first, indeed, being interpreted, `King of righteousness,' and then also, King of Salem, which is, King of Peace,)
7:3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, and being made like to the Son of God, doth remain a priest continually.
7:4 And see how great this one `is', to whom also a tenth Abraham the patriarch did give out of the best of the spoils,
7:5 and those, indeed, out of the sons of Levi receiving the priesthood, a command have to take tithes from the people according to the law, that is, their brethren, even though they came forth out of the loins of Abraham;
7:6 and he who was not reckoned by genealogy of them, received tithes from Abraham, and him having the promises he hath blessed,
7:7 and apart from all controversy, the less by the better is blessed --
7:8 and here, indeed, men who die do receive tithes, and there `he', who is testified to that he was living,
7:9 and so to speak, through Abraham even Levi who is receiving tithes, hath paid tithes,
7:10 for he was yet in the loins of the father when Melchisedek met him.
7:11 If indeed, then, perfection were through the Levitical priesthood -- for the people under it had received law -- what further need, according to the order of Melchisedek, for another priest to arise, and not to be called according to the order of Aaron?
7:12 for the priesthood being changed, of necessity also, of the law a change doth come,
7:13 for he of whom these things are said in another tribe hath had part, of whom no one gave attendance at the altar,
7:14 for `it is' evident that out of Judah hath arisen our Lord, in regard to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15 And it is yet more abundantly most evident, if according to the similitude of Melchisedek there doth arise another priest,
7:16 who came not according to the law of a fleshly command, but according to the power of an endless life,
7:17 for He doth testify -- `Thou `art' a priest -- to the age, according to the order of Melchisedek;'
7:18 for a disannulling indeed doth come of the command going before because of its weakness, and unprofitableness,
7:19 (for nothing did the law perfect) and the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw nigh to God.
7:20 And inasmuch as `it is' not apart from oath, (for those indeed apart from oath are become priests,
7:21 and he with an oath through Him who is saying unto him, `The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou `art' a priest -- to the age, according to the order of Melchisedek;')
7:22 by so much of a better covenant hath Jesus become surety,
7:23 and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;
7:24 and he, because of his remaining -- to the age, hath the priesthood not transient,
7:25 whence also he is able to save to the very end, those coming through him unto God -- ever living to make intercession for them.
7:26 For such a chief priest did become us -- kind, harmless, undefiled, separate from the sinners, and become higher than the heavens,
7:27 who hath no necessity daily, as the chief priests, first for his own sins to offer up sacrifice, then for those of the people; for this he did once, having offered up himself;
7:28 for the law doth appoint men chief priests, having infirmity, but the word of the oath that `is' after the law `appointeth' the Son -- to the age having been perfected.
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