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.
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?
7:17 For here is the testimony about him: 7 “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 8
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.”
5 tn Grk “first being interpreted,” describing Melchizedek.
6 tn Grk “based on it.”
7 tn Grk “for he/it is witnessed that.”