|In Hebrews 7:1-10:39 the
word law is used fifteen times, ordinance two times, and commandment three
In this column: This is an explanation of the
covenants beginning with the law of the tithe and the law of priestly succession.
|This is not a paraphrase . |
|This is not a translation. |
|This is the author's
understanding of what Paul had in mind.|
|And if Paul were here in America giving a talk.|
|(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;|
(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;
(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.
(4) Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the
patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
(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:
(6) But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of
Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
(7) And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
(8) And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth
them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
(9) And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed
tithes in Abraham.
(10) For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met
(1) Melchisedec was the king of Salem. He was also a priest of the most high
God. The king met Abraham after a victorious battle in which several kings were
slaughtered. Melchisedec blessed Abraham.
(2) Abraham paid tithes to this Priest-King of righteousness, peace and the
city of Salem.
(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
(4) Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch
Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
(5-10) Now the sons of Levi holding the office of priest have the authority to
collect tithes of the people. This is according to God's Law. They take tithes
from their brethren even though they all are children of Abraham.
|(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?
(12) For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a
change also of the law.
(13) For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another
tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
(14) For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which
tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
(15) And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of
Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
(16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but
after the power of an endless life.
(17) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order
(18) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going
before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
(19) For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
(20) And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
(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:)
(22) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
(23) And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered
to continue by reason of death:
(24) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable
(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
(26) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless,
undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
(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.
(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.
(11) If salvation were by the Levitical priesthood which was in authority
when the Law was given, what need is there of another priest. And why a priest
after the order of Melchisedec, rather than after Aaron?
(12) The priesthood was changed from Melchisedec to Aaron. Now there is a
change from Aaron to Christ. Likewise, the tithing law was changed. Tithes that
were paid to Melchisedec went to Aaron (the Levites). Now with another change in
the priesthood there is a like change in the tithing law.
(13) For he of whom these things were prophesied does not belong to the tribe
of Levi but to another tribe. This other tribe never officiated at the altar.
(14) For it is obvious that Our Lord was of the tribe of Judah. Of this tribe
Moses said nothing concerning priestly duties.
(15) Yet it is evident that there was to be another priest after the order of
(16) This new priest is not made a priest by the established rules of
priestly succession, rather he is a priest because he has eternal life.
(17) That is what we learn from Psalm 110 verse 4, "The Lord hath sworn,
and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."
(18) The former rules of priestly succession were annuled because of the
priesthood's weakness and lack of ability to bring permanent results.
(19) For, while the Levitical priesthood and the rules under which it
operated did not bring salvation, it did offer hope and it did help us draw near
(20) Now, no oath was required to make a Levite a priest.
(21) The priests of the Old Covenant became priests without an oath. But
Jesus is different, again in Psalm 110 verse 4 we read, "The Lord hath
sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."
(22) Thus Jesus is our guarantee of a better covenant.
(23) In the past there were many priests. they all had the job for life. But
they each died. As one died another took his place.
(24) But Jesus Christ is also a priest for life, and having an endless he
life has an everlasting priesthood.
(25) Therefore he is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he forever lives to make intercession for them.
(26) For it is appropriate that we should have a high priest that is holy,
innocent, and higher than the heavens.
(27) Unlike past high priests, he has no need to offer up a daily sacrifice,
first for his sins then for the sins of the people. He settled the matter once
and for all when he offered up himself.
(28) The law which made the sons of Aaron priests came before the oath in
Psalms. That law made ordinary frail men priests. But God's oath replaced the
former rules and made Jesus Christ priest and consecrated him for ever.