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Hebrews 7:16-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

16 who has become so, not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.[a] 17 For it is testified:

“You are a priest forever
    according to the order of Melchizedek.”

18 On the one hand, a former commandment is annulled because of its weakness and uselessness,


  1. 7:16 A life that cannot be destroyed: the life to which Jesus has attained by virtue of his resurrection; it is his exaltation rather than his divine nature that makes him priest. The Old Testament speaks of the Aaronic priesthood as eternal (see Ex 40:15); our author does not explicitly consider this possible objection to his argument but implicitly refutes it in Hb 7:23–24.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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