7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high
God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings,
and blessed him;
7:2 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;
7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having
neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like to
the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
7:4 Now consider how great this man [was], to whom even the
patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive
the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes
from the people according to the law, that is, from their
brethren, though they come from the loins of Abraham:
7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received
tithes from Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed by the
7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he
[receiveth them], of whom it is testified that he liveth.
7:9 And as I may say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed
tithes in Abraham.
7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec
7:11 If 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?
7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of
necessity a change also of the law.
7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to
another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
7:14 For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang from Judah; of
which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the
similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but
after the power of an endless life.
7:17 For he testifieth, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the
order of Melchisedec.
7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the preceding
commandment on account of its weakness and unprofitableness.
7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the introduction of a
better hope [did]; by which we draw nigh to God.
7:20 And inasmuch as not without an oath [he was made priest]:
7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with
an oath, by him that said to him, The Lord swore, and will not
repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of
7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not
suffered to continue by reason of death:
7:24 But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an
7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come to God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them.
7:26 For such a high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless,
undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the
7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up
sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's:
for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
7:28 For the law maketh men high priests who have infirmity; but
the word of the oath, which was after the law, [maketh] the
Son, who is consecrated for evermore.