14 Now it is evident that our Lord came from Judah,r and Moses said nothing about that tribe concerning priests.
15 And this becomes clearer if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 who did not become a priest based on a legal regulation about physicalF descent but based on the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it has been testified:
You are a priest forever
The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant.b
23 Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. 24 But because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercedec for them.
26 For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.d 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself.e 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son,f who has been perfectedg forever.