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Hebrews 7 ©
1 The apostle first relates the history of Melchisedec. 2 With some other properties more wherein he was like the Son of God. 4 Prefers him above Abraham, because Abraham, and consequently Levi also gave him tithes, and that he blessed Abraham. 11 Proves that perfection was not in the Priesthood of Levi, seeing according to David’s prediction, another Priest must arise after the order of Melchisedec. 14 Namely, our Lord, Who is not of the tribe of Levi, but of the tribe of Judah. 16 Whose law should not be weak nor changeable, but unchangeable and perfect. 20 Whose Priesthood therefore was also confirmed with an oath. 23 And endures always, because He lives always. 25 And therefore is also able to save perfectly His own. 26 From all which he concludes the glory and dignity of our High Priest. 27. And the perfection of His sacrifice once made.
FORa1this Melchisedec, king 2of Salem, priest 3of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed 4him;
To 5whom also Abraham gave 6a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation 7King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, 8King of peace;
9Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto 10the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Now 11consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, 12haveb a commandment to take 13tithes of the people according to the law, that is, 14of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
But he whose descent is not counted 15from them received 16tithesc of Abraham, and 17blessed 18him that had the promises.
And without 19all contradiction the less is blessed 20of the better.
And here 21men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, 22of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
And 23as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes 24in Abraham.
For 25he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
Ifd therefore 26perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for 27under it the people received 28the law,) what further need was there that 29another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a 30change also of the law.
For he of whom these things 31are spoken 32pertaineth to another tribe, of which 33no man gave attendance at the altar.
For it is evident thate our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing 34concerning priesthood.
And it is yet far more evident: for that 35after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Who is made, not 36after the law of a carnal commandment, but 37after the power of an 38endless life.
For he testifieth, Thoufart a priest 39for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
For there is verily 40a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and 41unprofitableness thereof.
Forg42the law made nothing perfect, buth43the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which 44we draw nigh unto God.
And inasmuch as not without an oath 45he was made priest:
(For those 46priests were made without an oath; but 47this with an oath by him that said unto him, Thei Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
48By so much was Jesus made a 49surety of a better testament.
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an 50unchangeable priesthood.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the 51uttermost that come 52unto God by him, seeing he 53ever liveth toj make intercession 54for them.
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made 55higher than the heavens;
Who needeth not 56daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, firstk for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for 57this he did once, when he offered up himself.
For 58the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but 59the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is 60consecrated for evermore.