Hebrews 7

The Priestly Order of Melchizedek

1 For this a Melchizedek, 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 translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the 1 spoils. 5 And indeed b those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham c and blessed d him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, e of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

Jesus Compared to Melchizedek

11 f Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has 2 officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that g our Lord arose from h Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning 3 priesthood.

15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

17 For 4 He testifies:
i "You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek." 5

18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of j its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for k the law made nothing 6 perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of l a better hope, through which m we draw near to God.

20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:
n "The LORD has sworn
And will not relent,
'You are a priest 7 forever
According to the order of Melchizedek' "), 8

22 by so much more Jesus has become a 9 surety of a o better covenant.

23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also q to make intercession for them.

26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, r who is holy, 11 harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, s and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His t own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 14:18 - 20
    Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.
    Hebrews 7:6
    But he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 18:21 - 26
    Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting.
    2 Chronicles 31:4
    Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of the LORD.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 14:19
    And he blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth.
    Genesis 14:20
    And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 4:13
    For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
  5. Cross References
    Hebrews 5:6
    As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek".
    Hebrews 6:20
    Where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
    Revelation 1:18
    I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 7:7 - 14
    What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet.
    Galatians 2:21
    "I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
    Hebrews 7:18
    For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness.
    Hebrews 8:7
    For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 49:8 - 10
    Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall prai...
    Numbers 24:17
    I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not n...
    Isaiah 1:1
    The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he ...
    Micah 5:2
    "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are l...
    Matthew 1:3
    Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez beg...
    Matthew 2:6
    'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are ...
    Revelation 5:5
    But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep....
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 1:2
    Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 110:4
    The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.
    Hebrews 5:6
    As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek".
    Hebrews 6:20
    Where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
    Hebrews 7:21
    (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek' ").
  10. Cross References
    Romans 8:3
    For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
    Galatians 3:21
    Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.
    Hebrews 7:11
    Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?
  11. Cross References
    Acts 13:39
    And by Him everyone who believes is justified f...
    Romans 3:20
    Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will...
    Romans 7:7
    What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certain...
    Galatians 2:16
    Knowing that a man is not justified by the work...
    Galatians 3:21
    Is the law then against the promises of God? Ce...
    Hebrews 9:9
    It was symbolic for the present time in which b...
    Hebrews 10:1
    For the law, having a shadow of the good things...
  12. Cross References
    Hebrews 6:18
    That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
    Hebrews 6:19
    This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.
  13. Cross References
    Lamentations 3:57
    You drew near on the day I called on You, And said, "Do not fear!
    Romans 5:2
    Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
    Ephesians 2:18
    For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
    Hebrews 4:16
    Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    James 4:8
    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 110:4
    The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.
    Hebrews 5:6
    As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek".
    Hebrews 7:17
    For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.
  15. Cross References
    Hebrews 8:6
    But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
  16. Cross References
    Romans 8:34
    Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
    1 Timothy 2:5
    For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
    Hebrews 9:24
    For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
    1 John 2:1
    My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
  17. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
    Hebrews 4:15
    For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
  18. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:20
    Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
  19. Cross References
    Leviticus 9:7
    And Moses said to Aaron, "Go to the altar, offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself and for the people. Offer the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as the LORD commanded.
    Leviticus 16:6
    Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house.
    Hebrews 5:3
    Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins.
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