1 For this aMelchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
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;
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.
4 Now consider how great this man was,bunto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily cthey 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 Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed dhim that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them,eof whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, fpayed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
11gIf 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 of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that hour Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, iThou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.18For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for jthe weakness and unprofitableness thereof.19 For mthe law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of la better hope did; by the which kwe draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, nThe Lord sware and will not repent,Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he ocontinueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25qWherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth pto make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, rand made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, vsfirst for his own sins, tand then for the people's: for uthis he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh wmen high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, xwho is consecrated for evermore.