Hebrews 7:1-28 from the Commentary in Translation Version
(1) For this Melchisedec, King of Salem and priest of God Most High, who met Abraham while returning from the slaughter of the kings, and did bless him,
(2) To whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (his name first being translated as King of Righteousness — and then King of Salem, which is King of Peace)
(3) Who is without father and mother, and without a record of family descent, having neither beginning of days nor ending of days; but made like unto the son of God, remains a priest continually.
(4) Now contemplate how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the choicest spoils of war,
(5) And truly the ones out of the sons of Levi that received the priesthood have a commandment to collect tithes from the people, according to the Law, that is, of their brethren even though they have come out of the loins of Abraham,
(6) But he who is without a record of family descent had taken tithes from Abraham, and had blessed him that had the promises from God.
(7) But without any dispute it is the lesser that is blessed by the better.
(8) On the one hand, here we have men that die receiving tithes, but on the other hand, there, Melchisedec receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
(9) And, so to speak, Levi also who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,
(10) For Levi was yet in the loins of his own father when Melchisedec met Abraham.
The Orthodox Study Bible points out that verses 1-10 serve as a warning in of itself for Christians not to apostatize back to Judaism because the priesthood of Melchizedec (Christ) is superior to the priesthood of Levi. (The Law)
(11) If then perfection were to come through the Levitical priesthood (for under it, the people received the Law), what further need would there still be for a different type of priest to arise according to the order of Melchisedec and not called according to the order of Aaron?
(12) For the priesthood now being transferred, there is to made now a necessary change of the Law.
(13) For he of whom we speak this things about had a part in a different tribe, of which no man served at the altar.
(14) For it is evident that our Lord has arisen out of Judah, a tribe that Moses spoke nothing about concerning the priesthood.
(15) And this change in the law is yet thoroughly evident, since there has arisen a different priest in the likeness of Melchisedec,
(16) Who is not made according to the rule of the fleshy commandment, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
(17) For God witnesses: You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedec.
(18) For there is truly a setting aside of the previous commandment because of it’s weakness and uselessness,
(19) For where the Law failed in making anything perfect, a better hope has proved effective, through which we draw near to God.
(20) And to the degree that it was not with the taking of a guarantee,
(21) For those priests were made without an oath, but this priest was made by and oath, an oath by God that said unto him: The LORD pledges an oath and will not repent – You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedec.
(22) By this degree then, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
(23) And they truly were priests in many number, because they were hindered by death from continuing,
(24) But this man, because he remains forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.
(25) Therefore, he is able to save them completely, perfectly, utterly that come unto God through him, since he is ever living to make intercession for them.
(26) For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guileless, undefiled, having been separated from the sinners and having become higher than the heavens,
(27) Who does not need to repeatedly, as those high priests under the Law, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the people — for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself.
(28) For the Law appoints men who have weaknesses as high priests, but the word of the oath appoints the son, who is perfected forevermore.