7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
7:2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace,"

7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
7:3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

7:4 Now consider how great this man [was], unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
7:4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.

7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
7:5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;

7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7:6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
7:7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.

7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
7:8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
7:9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,

7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
7:10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
7:11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
7:12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
7:13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

7:14 For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
7:14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
7:15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
7:16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

7:17 For he testifieth, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7:17 For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."

7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
7:18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
7:19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

7:20 And inasmuch as not without an oath [he was made priest]:
7:20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; 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 Melchisedec:)
7:21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek'"),

7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
7:22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
7:23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

7:24 But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
7:24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

7:26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
7:26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
7:27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
7:28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.