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Melchizedek's Priesthood Like Christ's

1 For this Melchizedek, R228 king of Salem, priest of the Most R229 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, without R230 genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the R231 Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

4 Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, R232 gave R233 a tenth of the choicest spoils. 5 And those indeed of the R234 sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have commandment in F58 the Law to collect a F59 tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are F60 descended from Abraham. 6 But the one whose R235 genealogy is not traced from them collected R236 a F61 tenth from Abraham and blessed R236 F62 the one who had R237 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, of R238 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.

11 Now R239 if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the R240 people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according R241 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 the R242 one concerning whom these R243 things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was F63 descended R244 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 physical R245 F64 requirement, but according to the power of an R246 indestructible life. 17 For it is attested of Him, "YOU R247 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 because R248 of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the R249 Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, R250 through which we draw R251 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, "THE R252 LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL R253 NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, `YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER R254 ' "); 22 so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee R255 of a R256 better covenant.

23 The F65 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 forever, R257 holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to save R258 forever F66 those who draw R259 near to God through Him, since He always lives to make R260 intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high R261 priest, holy, R262 innocent, R263 undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted R264 above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer R265 up sacrifices, first R266 for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once R267 for all when He offered R268 up Himself. 28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who R269 are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a R270 Son, made R271 perfect forever.

F58: Lit according to
F59: Or tithes
F60: Lit have come out of the loins of
F61: Or tithes
F62: Lit has blessed
F63: Lit has arisen from
F64: Lit fleshly commandment; i.e. to be a descendant of Levi
F65: Lit The greater number have become priests...
F66: Or completely

R228: Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:6
R229: Mark 5:7
R230: Hebrews 7:6
R231: Matthew 4:3; Hebrews 7:1,28
R232: Acts 2:29; 7:8f
R233: Genesis 14:20
R234: Numbers 18:21,26; 2 Chronicles 31:4f
R235: Hebrews 7:3
R236: Hebrews 7:1f
R236: Hebrews 7:1f
R237: Romans 4:13
R238: Hebrews 5:6; 6:20
R239: Hebrews 7:18f; 8:7
R240: Hebrews 9:6; 10:1
R241: Hebrews 5:6; 7:17
R242: Hebrews 7:14
R243: Hebrews 7:11
R244: Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 11:1; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6; Revelation 5:5
R245: Hebrews 9:10
R246: Hebrews 9:14
R247: Psalms 110:4; Hebrews 5:6; 6:20; 7:21
R248: Romans 8:3; Galatians 3:21; Hebrews 7:11
R249: Acts 13:39; Romans 3:20; 7:7f; Galatians 2:16; 3:21; Hebrews 9:9; 10:1
R250: Hebrews 3:6
R251: Lamentations 3:57; Hebrews 4:16; 7:25; 10:1,22; James 4:8
R252: Psalms 110:4; Hebrews 5:6; 7:17
R253: Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Romans 11:29
R254: Hebrews 7:23f,28
R255: Psalms 119:122; Isaiah 38:14
R256: Hebrews 8:6
R257: Isaiah 9:7; John 12:34; Romans 9:5; Hebrews 7:23f,28
R258: 1 Corinthians 1:21
R259: Hebrews 7:19
R260: Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24
R261: Hebrews 2:17
R262: 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15
R263: 1 Peter 2:22
R264: Hebrews 4:14
R265: Hebrews 5:1
R266: Leviticus 9:7; Hebrews 5:3
R267: Hebrews 9:12,28; 10:10
R268: Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 9:14,28; 10:10,12
R269: Hebrews 5:2
R270: Hebrews 1:2
R271: Hebrews 2:10


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