Christ, a priest after the order of Melchisedec, is proved to be of a more excellent order than that of Aaron,from the character of Melchisedec, and his confessed superiority to Abraham and Levi; from the imperfection of the Levitical priesthood, which induced the necessity of a change to one more perfect; from the confirmation of Christ's priesthood by an oath; from the unchangeableness, and spotless innocence, of the person.
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 bKing of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without 1descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made clike unto the Son of God; abideth a priest dcontinually.
4 Now consider ehow great this man was, unto whom even the fpatriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And *verily gthey 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 hthe law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose 2descent is not counted from them ireceived tithes of Abraham, and jblessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction kthe less is blessed of the better.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, lof whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, mpayed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
11 nIf 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 oafter 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 our Lord sprang out of pJuda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: qfor that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after rthe law of a carnal commandment, but safter the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, tThou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 uFor there is *verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 vFor the law made nothing perfect, 3but the bringing in of wa better hope did; by the which we xdraw nigh unto God.
- v: He. 10:1 , He. 10:2 , He. 9:9 , Ac. 13:39 , Ac. 15:10 , Ro. 3:20 , Ro. 8:3 , Ga. 2:16 , Ga. 3:21 , Ga. 3:24
- 3: Or, but it was the bringing in. Ga. 3.24. , Ga. 3:24
- w: He. 11:40 , He. 2:3 , He. 2:4 , He. 4:14 , He. 7:3 , He. 7:20 - 28 , Ga. 2:16 , Ro. 8:3 , Jn. 1:17 , He. 8:2 , He. 8:6 , 1Ti. 1:1 , Col. 1:27
- x: Ro. 5:2 , Ep. 2:13 , Ep. 2:18 , Ep. 3:12 , He. 4:16 , He. 6:18 - 20 , He. 10:19 - 22 , Jn. 14:6
20 And inasmuch as not 4without an oath he was made priest:
- 4: Or, without swearing of an oath.
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, yThe Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
22 By so much was Jesus made za surety of aa better testament.
23 And bthey truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, cbecause he continueth ever, hath 5an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore dhe is able also to save them 6to the uttermost ethat come unto God by him, fseeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 gFor such an high priest became us, who is hholy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, iand made higher than the heavens;
- g: Ex. 28:36 , Ex. 29:1 , Leviticus 8 , Leviticus 9 , Leviticus 21 , Le. 22:4 - 6 , Is. 53:9 , Lu. 1:35 , Ac. 3:14 , Ac. 4:27 , 2Co. 5:21 , 1Pe. 2:22 , 1Pe. 1:19 , He. 3:1 , He. 4:15 , He. 9:12 , He. 9:14
- h: Re. 15:4
- i: Mar. 16:19 , Lu. 24:51 , Ac. 1:9 , Ac. 3:21 , Ro. 8:34 , He. 1:3 , He. 4:14 , He. 4:15 , He. 2:10 , He. 8:1 , He. 9:24 , He. 10:12 - 14 , 1Pe. 3:22 , Ep. 1:20 - 22
27 Who needeth not daily, as jthose high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for kthis he did lonce, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests mwhich have infirmity; but the word of nthe oath, which was since the law, maketh othe Son, who is 7consecrated for evermore.