7 For this Melchizedek—
King of Salem, priest of the Most High God,
who met Abraham and blessed him
as he returned from defeating the kings,
first, his name means king of righteousness,
then also, king of Salem,
meaning king of peace;
having neither beginning of days nor end of life,
but resembling the Son of God j—
remains a priest forever.
4 Now consider how great this man was—even Abraham the patriarch k gave a tenth of the plunder to him! 5 The sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have a command according to the law to collect a tenth from the people l—that is, from their * brothers—though they have also descended from Abraham. m 6 But one without this n lineage collected tenths from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises. o 7 Without a doubt, p the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8 In the one case, men who will die receive tenths, but in the other case, Scripture testifies that he lives. q 9 And in a sense Levi himself, who receives tenths, has paid tenths through Abraham, 10 for he was still within his ancestor r when Melchizedek met him.
11 If then, perfection came through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law s), what further need was there for another priest to appear, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in the order of Aaron? t 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must be a change of law as well. 13 For the One these things are spoken about belonged to a different tribe. No one from it has served at the altar. 14 Now it is evident that our Lord came from Judah, u 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 command concerning physical v 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 He will not change His mind,
22 So Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant. d
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 always able to save e those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede f for them.
26 For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. g 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 when He offered Himself. h 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, i who has been perfected j forever.
7:5 * have come out of Abraham’s loins
7:6 * their
7:7 Or Beyond any dispute
7:10 * still in his father’s loins
7:16 Or fleshly
7:25 Or He is able to save completely