1 For this Melchisedek 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 the spoils; being by interpretation, first king of righteousness, and then king of Salem also, which is king of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without pedigree, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but being made like the son of God, remaineth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils,
5 And verily they of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment (according to the law) to take tithes of the people, that is, of their brethren, tho' they come out of the loins of Abraham.
6 But he whose pedigree is not from them, took tythes of Abraham, and blessed him who had the promises:
7 And without all contradiction, the less is blessed of the greater.
8 And here men that die receive tithes: but there, he of whom it is witnessed, that he liveth.
9 And even Levi, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes (so to speak) thro' Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedek met him.
11 If then perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law) what farther need was there that another priest should rise, after the order of Melchisedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is also necessarily a change of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken, pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man attended on the altar.
14 For it is evident, that our Lord sprang out of Judah, of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning the priesthood.
15 And it is still far more evident, because another priest is raised up, after the likeness of Melchidek, Who was made not after the law of a carnal commandment,
16 but after the power of an endless life.
17 For it is testified, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedek.
18 For verily there is a disannulling of the preceding commandment, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw nigh to God.
20 And in as much as not without an oath he was made priest: (For those priests were made without an oath,
21 but this with an oath, by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedek:)
22 Of so much better a covenant was Jesus made a surety.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were hindered by death from continuing.
24 But this, because he continueth for ever, hath a priesthood that passeth not away.
25 Wherefore he is able also, to save them to the uttermost who come to God thro' him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens:
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, then for those of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests that have infirmity; but the word of the oath which was since the law, maketh the son, who is consecrated for evermore.