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Hebrews 7:1-3

Context
The Nature of Melchizedek’s Priesthood

7:1 Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him. 1  7:2 To him 2  also Abraham apportioned a tithe 3  of everything. 4  His name first means 5  king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 7:3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and he remains a priest for all time.

Hebrews 7:11

Context
Jesus and the Priesthood of Melchizedek

7:11 So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood – for on that basis 6  the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?

Hebrews 7:17

Context
7:17 For here is the testimony about him: 7 You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 8 

1 sn A series of quotations from Gen 14:17-19.

2 tn Grk “to whom,” continuing the description of Melchizedek. Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.

3 tn Or “a tenth part.”

4 sn A quotation from Gen 14:20.

5 tn Grk “first being interpreted,” describing Melchizedek.

6 tn Grk “based on it.”

7 tn Grk “for he/it is witnessed that.”

8 sn A quotation from Ps 110:4 (see Heb 5:6 and 6:20).



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