14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah,(A) and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:

“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”[a](B)

18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless(C) 19 (for the law made nothing perfect),(D) and a better hope(E) is introduced, by which we draw near to God.(F)

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:(G)
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”[b](H)

22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.(I)

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.(J) 25 Therefore he is able to save(K) completely[c] those who come to God(L) through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.(M)

26 Such a high priest(N) truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,(O) exalted above the heavens.(P) 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices(Q) day after day, first for his own sins,(R) and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all(S) when he offered himself.(T) 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness;(U) but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son,(V) who has been made perfect(W) forever.

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  1. Hebrews 7:17 Psalm 110:4
  2. Hebrews 7:21 Psalm 110:4
  3. Hebrews 7:25 Or forever

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