Melchizedek, a Kohen Forever
1For this Melchizedek was king of Salem, kohen of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,
2and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth of everything. First, by the translation of his name, he is “King of Righteousness”; and then also King of Salem, which is “King of Shalom.”
3Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life but made like Ben-Elohim, he remains a kohen for all time.
4Now see how great this man is! Even Abraham the patriarch gave him a tenth out of the plunder.
5Indeed, those sons of Levi who receive the priesthood have, according to Torah, a command to collect a tithe from the people—that is, from their kin, although they have come out of the loins of Abraham.
6But this one—who did not have their genealogy—has collected tithes from Abraham and has blessed him, the one holding the promises.
7Now it is beyond dispute that the lesser is blessed by the greater.
8In one case, dying men receive tithes; but in the other, one about whom it is testified that he lives on.
9Through Abraham even Levi, the one receiving tithes, has paid the tithe, so to speak—
10for he was still in his father’s loins when Melchizedek met him.
Yeshua, Our Kohen Gadol Forever
11Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for based on it the people had been given the Torah), what further need was there for a different kohen to arise—designated according to the order of Melchizedek, not according to the order of Aaron?
12For whenever the priesthood is altered, out of necessity an alteration of law also takes place.
13For the one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.
14For it is clear that our Lord has sprung forth from Judah—concerning this tribe, Moses said nothing about kohanim.
15And it is even more evident, if another kohen arises like Melchizedek—
16one made not by virtue of a Torah requirement of physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life.
17For it is testified, “You are a kohen forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
18For on the one hand, a former requirement is set aside because of its weakness and ineffectiveness—
19for Torah made nothing perfect. But on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
20Moreover, it was not without a sworn oath. (Others indeed have become kohanim without a sworn oath,
21but He with an oath—sworn by the One who said to Him, “Adonai has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a kohen forever.’”)
22How much more then has Yeshua become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23Now on the one hand, many have become kohanim, who through death are prevented from continuing in office.
24But on the other hand, the One who does remain forever has a permanent priesthood.
25Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, always living to make intercession for them.
26For such a Kohen Gadol was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
27He has no need to offer up sacrifices day by day like those other kohanim g’dolim—first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. For when He offered up Himself, He did this once for all.
28For the Torah appoints as kohanim g’dolim men who have weakness; but the word of the oath, which came after the Torah, appoints a Son—made perfect forever.