Hebrews 7 ©
Christ, a priest after the order of Melchisedec, is proved to be of a more excellent order than that of Aaron, 1 from the character of Melchisedec, and his confessed superiority to Abraham and Levi; 11 from the imperfection of the Levitical priesthood, which induced the necessity of a change to one more perfect; 20 from the confirmation of Christ's priesthood by an oath; 23 from the unchangeableness, 26 and spotless innocence, of the person.
And *verily gthey 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 hthe law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
nIf 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 oafter the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
vFor the law made nothing perfect, 3but the bringing in of wa better hope did; by the which we xdraw nigh unto God.
And inasmuch as not 4without an oath he was made priest :
By so much was Jesus made za surety of aa better testament.
And bthey truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
gFor such an high priest became us, who is hholy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, iand made higher than the heavens;
Who needeth not daily, as jthose high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for kthis he did lonce, when he offered up himself.