Hebrews 7:1–10


For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, met Abraham and blessed him as he returned from defeating the kings, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means king of righteousness, then also, king of Salem, meaning king of peace. Without father, mother, or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God,k he remains a priest forever.

Now consider how great this man was: even Abraham the patriarchl gave a tenth of the plunder to him. The sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have a command according to the law to collect a tenth from the peoplem—that is, from their brothers and sisters—though they have also descended from Abraham. But one without thisD lineage collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises.n Without a doubt, the inferior is blessed by the superior. In the one case, men who will die receive a tenth, but in the other case, Scripture testifies that he lives.o And in a sense Levi himself, who receives a tenth, has paid a tenth through Abraham, 10 for he was still within his ancestorE when Melchizedek met him.

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