Melchizedek the Priest
7:1 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;
7:2 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;
7:3 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.
7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the
patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
7:5 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
7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received
tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of
7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he
receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes,
payed tithes in Abraham.
7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when
Melchisedec met him.
Jesus Like Melchizedek
7:11 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
7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of
necessity a change also of the law.
7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to
another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of
which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the
similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal
commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after
the order of Melchisedec.
7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment
going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in
of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
7:20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made
7:21 (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
7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better
7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were
not suffered to continue by reason of death:
7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an
7:25 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.
7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy,
harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher
than the heavens;
7:27 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.
7:28 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.