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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 3 from them received tithes of Abraham, d and blessed e him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less 4 is blessed of the better.5
3 numbered. Rh.
1 Gr. without pedigree. A. V. 2 pedigree. A. V. the inferior. Pu. 5 the greater. Gen.
b See on Heb. v. 6.
• NUMB. xviii. 21, 26 : I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. Deut. xviii. 1 : The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel : they shall eat the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and his inheritance. 2 CHR. xxxi. 5: As soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field ; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. Mal. iii. 8,9: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse : for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
a Gen. xiv. 19: And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.
See on GAL. iii. 16, 17.
8 And here inen 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 him.
11 5 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 whoin these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that hour Lord sprang out of Juda ; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident : for that as it may be said. Pu.
? by. Pu. 'Heb. v. 6: As he saith also in another place, Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. do. vi. 20 : Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Rev. i, 18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
8 Ver. 18, 19. Heb. viii. 7.' See on Gal. ii. 21.
b Isa. xi. 1: And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. Mat. 1.3: Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar. Luke, 111. 33 : Which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda. Rom. i. 3 : Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh. Rev. v. 5: And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
alur the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another Priest,
16 Who is made, 'pot after the law of a carnal Catman'iment, but after the power of an endIn life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the 'weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the mlaw 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, P 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 4 surety of a better testament.10
23 And they truly were many Priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death :
o without swearing
* but it was the bringing in. Gal. iii. 24. A. V. of an oath. 4. V. 10 covenant. Dod. Ham. Wh.
See on Col. ii, 14.
mon. ix. 9: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience. See on Acts, xiii. 39. # ITB, vi, 18. do, viii. 6.
See on Rom. v. 2. P See on floo. v. 6.
Hlxa. viii, 6. See on 1 Tim.ii. 5.
24 But this man, because he continueth 'ever, hath an unchangeable " priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost 12 that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an High Priest became us, who is "holy, harmless,13 undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens ;
27 Who needeth not dạily, as those 14 High Priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own siņs, and then for the people's : for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
11 which passeth not from one to another. A. V. 12 without end. Wi. perfectly. Gen. før ever. Rh. Whit. to perpetuity. Ham. evermore. A. V. 13 innocent. Rh. free from evil. Whit. 14 the, Pu.
See on LUKE, i. 33; on JOHN, xii. 34; and on Rom. vi. 9. s See an Rom. viii. 34. See on HEB, iii, 1.
u Heb. iv. 15: For we have not ap High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
See on 2 COR. v. 21.
Eph. i. 20 ; And set him at his own right hand in the heavenly placeș. do. iv. 10: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. HEB. viii. 1.
w See on Hez, y. 3. * See on Heb. v. 3.
v Zec. iii. 9: I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. Rom. v. 6: When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. do. vi. 10 : In that he died, he died unto sin once. Heb. ix. 12, 26, 27, 28: By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the saerifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many. do. x. 10, 12: By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God. 1 Pet. ii. 21: Christ also suffered for us. do. iii, 18 : Christ also hath once suffered for sins.
28 For the law maketh 15 men · High Priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, & who is consecrated 16 for evermore.
CHAP. VIII. 1 By the eternal priesthood of Christ the Levitical priesthood of
Aaron is abulished : 7 and the temporal covenant with the fathers, by the eternal covenant of the Gospel.
NOW of the things which we have spoken this is the sum : We have such an High Priest, who is a set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens ;
2 A minister of the sanctuary,' and of the • true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For d every High Priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices : wherefore e it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a Priest, seeing that there are Priests ? that offer gifts according to the law :
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God 3 when he was about to make the tabernacle : for, See, saith he, that thou make all things 6 according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.
is appointeth. Rh. 16 Gr. perfected. A. V. 1 of holy things. A.V. they are Priests. A. V. Sas Moses was divinely admonished. Pu.
z See on Her. iii. 1.
Heb.ix. 8, 12, 24. · HEB. ix. 11. d See on Heb. iii. l. e HEB, ix. 14. See on do. iii. 1. + See on Cor. ii. 17. • Exod. xxvii. 8: Hollow with boards shalt thou make it :