Heb. 7:1   For this qMelchizedek, king of rSalem, priest of sthe Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother tor genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.

 

Heb. 7:4   See how great this man was to whom Abraham uthe patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! 5 And vthose descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers,1 though these also are descended from Abraham. 6 But this man wwho does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed xhim who had the promises. 7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8 In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one yof whom it is testified that zhe lives. 9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.

 

Heb. 7:11   aNow if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended bfrom Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

 

Heb. 7:15   This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him,

c“You are a priest forever,

after the order of Melchizedek.”

 

Heb. 7:18   For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside dbecause of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for ethe law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, fa better hope is introduced, through which gwe draw near to God.

 

Heb. 7:20   And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:

h“The Lord has sworn

and will not change his mind,

‘You are a priest forever.’”

 

Heb. 7:22   This makes Jesus the guarantor of ia better covenant.

 

Heb. 7:23   The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues jforever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost2 kthose who draw near to God lthrough him, since he always lives mto make intercession for them.

 

Heb. 7:26   For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, nholy, innocent, unstained, oseparated from sinners, and pexalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, qfirst for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this ronce for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men sin their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made tperfect forever.

 

Psa. 31:0    TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF DAVID.

 

Psa. 31:1    oIn you, O LORD, do I ptake refuge;

qlet me never be put to shame;

in your rrighteousness deliver me!

2 Incline your ear to me;

rescue me speedily!

Be sa rock of trefuge for me,

a strong fortress to save me!

 

Psa. 31:3    For you are my rock and my fortress;

and for your uname’s sake you lead me and guide me;

4 you vtake me out of wthe net they have hidden for me,

for you are my xrefuge.

5 yInto your hand I commit my spirit;

you have redeemed me, O LORD, zfaithful God.

 

Psa. 31:6    I ahate1 those who pay bregard to worthless cidols,

but I trust in the LORD.

7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,

because you have seen my affliction;

you have dknown the distress of my soul,

8 and you have not edelivered me into the hand of the enemy;

you have set my feet in fa broad place.

 

Psa. 31:9    Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am gin distress;

hmy eye is wasted from grief;

my soul and my body also.

10 For my life is spent with sorrow,

and my years with sighing;

my strength fails because of my iniquity,

and imy bones waste away.

 

Psa. 31:11    Because of all my adversaries I have become ja reproach,

especially to my kneighbors,

and an object of dread to my acquaintances;

those who see me in the street lflee from me.

12 I have been mforgotten like one who is dead;

I have become like na broken vessel.

13 For I ohear the whispering of many—

terror on every side!—

pas they scheme together against me,

as they plot to take my life.

 

Psa. 31:14    But I qtrust in you, O LORD;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My rtimes are in your hand;

srescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

16 tMake your face shine on your servant;

save me in your steadfast love!

17 O LORD, ulet me not be put to shame,

for I call upon you;

let the wicked be put to shame;

let them go vsilently to Sheol.

18 Let the lying lips be mute,

which wspeak xinsolently against the righteous

in pride and contempt.

Psa. 31:19    Oh, how abundant is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you

and worked for those who take refuge in you,

yin the sight of the children of mankind!

20 In zthe cover of your presence you hide them

from the plots of men;

you astore them in your shelter

from the strife of tongues.

Psa. 31:21    Blessed be the LORD,

for he has wondrously bshown his steadfast love to me

when I was in ca besieged city.

22 I had said in my dalarm,2

“I am ecut off from fyour sight.”

But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy

when I cried to you for help.

Psa. 31:23    Love the LORD, all you his gsaints!

The LORD preserves the faithful

but abundantly hrepays the one who acts in pride.

24 iBe strong, and let your heart take courage,

all you who wait for the LORD! 

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