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2. A High Priest,
Perpetual, Great, Living,
and Able to Save to the Uttermost

1 1For this 2aMelchisedec, 2king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the bslaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 To whom also Abraham apportioned a atenth part of all; first being interpreted 1bking of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is 1cking of peace;

3 Being 1without father, without mother, without genealogy; having neither abeginning of days nor bend of life, but likened to the Son of God, abides a priest cperpetually.

4 And consider how 1agreat this one was, to whom the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the choice spoils.

5 And they of the sons of Levi, who received the priestly service, have a commandment to take atithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brothers, though they have come forth from the loins of Abraham.

6 But he whose genealogy is not counted from them has taken tithes from Abraham and has 1ablessed him who has the promises.

7 But without any dispute the 1lesser is blessed by the 2greater.

8 And here men, who die, receive tithes; but there, one aof whom it is testified that he blives.

9 And, so to speak, through Abraham, 1Levi also, he who receives tithes, has been made to pay tithes,

10 For he was still in the loins of his father when Melchisedec met him.

11 If indeed then perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what need was there still that a different 1Priest should arise according to the order of aMelchisedec and that He should not be said to be according to the order of Aaron?

12 For since the apriesthood is 1transferred, of necessity there comes into being a 2btransfer of law also.

13 For He of whom these things are said 1belongs to a different tribe, from which ano one has attended to the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord has 1risen out of 2aJudah, concerning which tribe Moses spoke nothing about priests.

15 And it is still more abundantly evident since it is according to the alikeness of Melchisedec that a different Priest arises,

16 Who has been appointed not according to the law of a afleshy commandment but according to the bpower of an 1indestructible clife.

17 For it is testified, "You are a Priest forever according to the aorder of Melchisedec.''

18 For there is, on the one hand, the 1asetting aside of the preceding commandment because of its bweakness and unprofitableness

19 (For the alaw 1bperfected nothing), and, on the other hand, the bringing in 2thereupon of a 3better chope, through which we ddraw near to God.

20 And inasmuch as He was not made a Priest without the taking of an oath

21 (For they are appointed priests without the taking of an oath, but He, with the taking of an oath by Him who said to Him, a"The Lord has sworn and will not regret it, You are a Priest forever''),

22 By so much Jesus has also become the 1surety of a abetter bcovenant.

23 And they are appointed priests many in number because death prevents them from continuing;

24 But He, because He aabides forever, has His priesthood unalterable.

25 Hence also He is aable to save 1to the uttermost those who bcome forward to God through Him, since He clives always to 2dintercede for them.

26 For such a aHigh Priest was also fitting to us, holy, bguileless, undefiled, separated from sinners and having become 1higher than the cheavens,

27 Who does not have daily need, as the high priests do, to aoffer up sacrifices first for his bown sins and then for those of the people; for this He did conce for all when He doffered up Himself.

28 For the law establishes men as high priests who have aweakness, but the word of the oath, which was after the law, establishes the bSon, 1cperfected forever.