For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. For men swear by [a]one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. [b]In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, [c]interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have [d]taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. [e]This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters [f]within the veil,
- Hebrews 6:16 Or Him who is greater
- Hebrews 6:17 Lit In which
- Hebrews 6:17 Or guaranteed
- Hebrews 6:18 Lit in which
- Hebrews 6:19 Lit Which hope we have
- Hebrews 6:19 Or inside
Melchizedek’s Priesthood Like Christ’s
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils. And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have commandment [a]in the Law to collect [b]a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these [c]are descended from Abraham. But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected [d]a tenth from Abraham and [e]blessed the one who had the promises. But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on. And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
- Hebrews 7:5 Lit according to
- Hebrews 7:5 Or tithes
- Hebrews 7:5 Lit have come out of the loins of
- Hebrews 7:6 Or tithes
- Hebrews 7:6 Lit has blessed