Melchizedek’s Priesthood Like Christ’s

For this (A)Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the (B)Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. Without father, without mother, (C)without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like (D)the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the (E)patriarch, (F)gave a tenth of the choicest spoils. And those indeed of (G)the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have commandment [a]in the Law to collect [b]a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these [c]are descended from Abraham. But the one (H)whose genealogy is not traced from them (I)collected [d]a tenth from Abraham and [e](J)blessed the one who (K)had the promises. But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, (L)of whom it is witnessed that he lives on. And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11 (M)Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it (N)the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise (O)according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13 For (P)the one concerning whom (Q)these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord [f]was (R)descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of [g](S)physical requirement, but according to the power of (T)an indestructible life. 17 For it is attested of Him,

(U)You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”

18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment (V)because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for (W)the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better (X)hope, through which we (Y)draw near to God. 20 And inasmuch as it was not without an oath 21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,

(Z)The Lord has sworn
And (AA)will not change His mind,
You are a priest (AB)forever’”);

22 so much the more also Jesus has become the (AC)guarantee of (AD)a better covenant.

23 [h]The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues (AE)forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to (AF)save [i]forever those who (AG)draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to (AH)make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting for us to have such a (AI)high priest, (AJ)holy, (AK)innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and (AL)exalted above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to (AM)offer up sacrifices, (AN)first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did (AO)once for all when He (AP)offered up Himself. 28 For the Law appoints men as high priests (AQ)who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints (AR)a Son, (AS)made perfect forever.

A Better Ministry

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a (AT)high priest, who has taken His seat at (AU)the right hand of the throne of the (AV)Majesty in the heavens, a (AW)minister [j]in the sanctuary and [k]in the (AX)true [l]tabernacle, which the Lord (AY)pitched, not man. For every (AZ)high priest is appointed (BA)to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who (BB)offer the gifts according to the Law; who serve (BC)a copy and (BD)shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses [m]was (BE)warned by God when he was about to erect the [n]tabernacle; for, “(BF)See,” He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the (BG)mediator of (BH)a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

A New Covenant

For (BI)if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. For finding fault with them, He says,

(BJ)Behold, days are coming, says the Lord,
[o]When I will effect (BK)a new covenant
With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
(BL)Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers
On the day when I took them by the hand
To lead them out of the land of Egypt;
For they did not continue in My covenant,
And I did not care for them, says the Lord.
10 (BM)For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, says the Lord:
[p]I will put My laws into their minds,
And I will write them (BN)on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.
11 (BO)And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen,
And everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
For (BP)all will know Me,
From [q]the least to the greatest of them.
12 (BQ)For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
(BR)And I will remember their sins no more.”

13 [r]When He said, “(BS)A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. (BT)But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is [s]ready to disappear.

The Old and the New

Now even the first covenant had (BU)regulations of divine worship and (BV)the earthly sanctuary. For there was (BW)a [t]tabernacle prepared, the [u]outer one, in which were (BX)the lampstand and (BY)the table and (BZ)the [v]sacred bread; this is called the holy place. Behind (CA)the second veil there was a [w]tabernacle which is called the (CB)Holy of Holies, having a golden [x](CC)altar of incense and (CD)the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was (CE)a golden jar holding the manna, and (CF)Aaron’s rod which budded, and (CG)the tables of the covenant; and above it were the (CH)cherubim of glory (CI)overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests (CJ)are continually entering the [y]outer [z]tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into (CK)the second, only (CL)the high priest enters (CM)once a year, (CN)not without taking blood, which he (CO)offers for himself and for the [aa](CP)sins of the people committed in ignorance. (CQ)The Holy Spirit is signifying this, (CR)that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the [ab]outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly (CS)both gifts and sacrifices are offered which (CT)cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, 10 since they relate only to (CU)food and (CV)drink and various (CW)washings, (CX)regulations for the [ac]body imposed until (CY)a time of reformation.

11 But when Christ appeared as a (CZ)high priest of the (DA)good things [ad]to come, He entered through (DB)the greater and more perfect [ae]tabernacle, (DC)not made with hands, that is to say, (DD)not of this creation; 12 and not through (DE)the blood of goats and calves, but (DF)through His own blood, He (DG)entered the holy place (DH)once for all, [af]having obtained (DI)eternal redemption. 13 For if (DJ)the blood of goats and bulls and (DK)the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the [ag]cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will (DL)the blood of Christ, who through [ah](DM)the eternal Spirit (DN)offered Himself without blemish to God, (DO)cleanse [ai]your conscience from (DP)dead works to serve (DQ)the living God?

15 For this reason (DR)He is the (DS)mediator of a (DT)new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been (DU)called may (DV)receive the promise of (DW)the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a [aj]covenant is, there must of necessity [ak]be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a [al]covenant is valid only when [am]men are dead, [an]for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been (DX)spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, (DY)he took the (DZ)blood of the calves and the goats, with (EA)water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both (EB)the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “(EC)This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21 And in the same way he (ED)sprinkled both the [ao]tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And according to the [ap]Law, one may (EE)almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and (EF)without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 Therefore it was necessary for the (EG)copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but (EH)the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ (EI)did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of (EJ)the true one, but into (EK)heaven itself, now (EL)to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as (EM)the high priest enters (EN)the holy place (EO)year by year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since (EP)the foundation of the world; but now (EQ)once at (ER)the consummation of the ages He has been (ES)manifested to put away sin [aq](ET)by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And inasmuch as (EU)it is [ar]appointed for men to die once and after this (EV)comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been (EW)offered once to (EX)bear the sins of many, will appear (EY)a second time for (EZ)salvation (FA)without reference to sin, to those who (FB)eagerly await Him.

One Sacrifice of Christ Is Sufficient

10 For the Law, since it has only (FC)a shadow of (FD)the good things to come and not the very [as]form of things, [at]can (FE)never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, (FF)make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had (FG)consciousness of sins? But (FH)in [au]those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is (FI)impossible for the (FJ)blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, (FK)when He comes into the world, He says,

(FL)Sacrifice and offering You have not desired,
But (FM)a body You have prepared for Me;
(FN)In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure.
(FO)Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come
(In (FP)the scroll of the book it is written of Me)
To do Your will, O God.’”

After saying above, “(FQ)Sacrifices and offerings and (FR)whole burnt offerings and sacrifices (FS)for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law), then He [av]said, “(FT)Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By [aw]this will we have been (FU)sanctified through (FV)the offering of (FW)the body of Jesus Christ (FX)once for all.

11 Every priest stands daily ministering and (FY)offering time after time the same sacrifices, which (FZ)can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice (GA)for [ax]sins (GB)for all time, (GC)sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time onward (GD)until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has (GE)perfected (GF)for all time those who are [ay]sanctified. 15 And (GG)the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,

16 (GH)This is the covenant that I will make with them
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws upon their heart,
And on their mind I will write them,”

He then says,

17 (GI)And their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.”

18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

A New and Living Way

19 Therefore, brethren, since we (GJ)have confidence to (GK)enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by (GL)a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through (GM)the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have (GN)a great priest (GO)over the house of God, 22 let us (GP)draw near with a [az]sincere heart in (GQ)full assurance of faith, having our hearts (GR)sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies (GS)washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the (GT)confession of our (GU)hope without wavering, for (GV)He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how (GW)to stimulate one another to love and (GX)good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own (GY)assembling together, as is the habit of some, but (GZ)encouraging one another; and all the more as you see (HA)the day drawing near.

Christ or Judgment

26 For if we go on (HB)sinning willfully after receiving (HC)the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of (HD)judgment and (HE)the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. 28 (HF)Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 (HG)How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve (HH)who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean (HI)the blood of the covenant (HJ)by which he was sanctified, and has (HK)insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “(HL)Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “(HM)The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a (HN)terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the (HO)living God.

32 But remember (HP)the former days, [ba]when, after being (HQ)enlightened, you endured a great (HR)conflict of sufferings, 33 partly by being (HS)made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming (HT)sharers with those who were so treated. 34 For you (HU)showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted (HV)joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves (HW)a better possession and a lasting one. 35 Therefore, do not throw away your (HX)confidence, which has a great (HY)reward. 36 For you have need of (HZ)endurance, so that when you have (IA)done the will of God, you may (IB)receive [bb]what was promised.

37 (IC)For yet in a very little while,
(ID)He who is coming will come, and will not delay.
38 (IE)But My righteous one shall live by faith;
And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

39 But [bc]we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the [bd]preserving of the soul.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 7:5 Lit according to
  2. Hebrews 7:5 Or tithes
  3. Hebrews 7:5 Lit have come out of the loins of
  4. Hebrews 7:6 Or tithes
  5. Hebrews 7:6 Lit has blessed
  6. Hebrews 7:14 Lit has arisen from
  7. Hebrews 7:16 Lit fleshly commandment; i.e. to be a descendant of Levi
  8. Hebrews 7:23 Lit The greater number have become priests...
  9. Hebrews 7:25 Or completely
  10. Hebrews 8:2 Or of
  11. Hebrews 8:2 Or of
  12. Hebrews 8:2 Or sacred tent
  13. Hebrews 8:5 Lit has been
  14. Hebrews 8:5 Or sacred tent
  15. Hebrews 8:8 Lit And
  16. Hebrews 8:10 Lit Putting my laws into...
  17. Hebrews 8:11 Lit small to great of them
  18. Hebrews 8:13 Or In His saying
  19. Hebrews 8:13 Or near
  20. Hebrews 9:2 Or sacred tent
  21. Hebrews 9:2 Lit first
  22. Hebrews 9:2 Lit loaves of presentation
  23. Hebrews 9:3 Or sacred tent
  24. Hebrews 9:4 Or censer
  25. Hebrews 9:6 Lit first
  26. Hebrews 9:6 Or sacred tent
  27. Hebrews 9:7 Lit ignorance of the people
  28. Hebrews 9:8 Lit first
  29. Hebrews 9:10 Lit flesh
  30. Hebrews 9:11 Two early mss read that have come
  31. Hebrews 9:11 Or sacred tent
  32. Hebrews 9:12 Or obtaining
  33. Hebrews 9:13 Lit purity
  34. Hebrews 9:14 Or His eternal spirit
  35. Hebrews 9:14 One early ms reads our
  36. Hebrews 9:16 Or testament
  37. Hebrews 9:16 Lit be brought
  38. Hebrews 9:17 Or testament
  39. Hebrews 9:17 Lit over the dead
  40. Hebrews 9:17 Two early mss read for is it then...lives?
  41. Hebrews 9:21 Or sacred tent
  42. Hebrews 9:22 Or Law, almost all things
  43. Hebrews 9:26 Or by His sacrifice
  44. Hebrews 9:27 Lit laid up
  45. Hebrews 10:1 Lit image
  46. Hebrews 10:1 Two early mss read they can
  47. Hebrews 10:3 Lit them there is
  48. Hebrews 10:9 Lit has said
  49. Hebrews 10:10 Lit which
  50. Hebrews 10:12 Or sins, forever sat down
  51. Hebrews 10:14 Or being sanctified
  52. Hebrews 10:22 Lit true
  53. Hebrews 10:32 Lit in which
  54. Hebrews 10:36 Lit the promise
  55. Hebrews 10:39 Lit we are not of shrinking back...but of faith
  56. Hebrews 10:39 Or possessing

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