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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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The King of Righteousness


1 For this aMelchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,”
3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the 1spoils.
5 And indeed athose who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;
6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham aand blessed bhim who had the promises.
7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.
8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, aof whom it is witnessed that he lives.
9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,
10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

CHAPTER 7 References

1 aGen.
4 1plunder
5 aNum.
6 aGen. 14:19,
20 b[Rom.
4:13] 8 aHeb. 5:6;
11 aHeb. 7:18;
13 1served
14 aGen.
49:8–10; Is.
1:1; 11:1; Mic.
5:2 bMatt. 1:2
1NU priests
17 aPs. 110:4
1NU it is testified
18 a[Rom. 8:3] 19 a[Acts
13:39] bHeb.
6:18, 19 cRom.
5:2 1complete
21 aPs. 110:4
1NU ends the
after forever.
22 aHeb. 8:6
25 aJude 24
bRom. 8:34
or forever
26 aHeb. 4:15
bEph. 1:20

Need for a New Priesthood

11 aTherefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.
13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has 1officiated at the altar.
14 For it is evident that aour Lord arose from bJudah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning 1priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest
16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.
17 For 1He testifies:

a“You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”

18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of aits weakness and unprofitableness,
19 for athe law made nothing 1perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of ba better hope, through which cwe draw near to God.

Greatness of the New Priest

20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath
21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

a“The LORD has sworn And will not relent, ‘You are a priest 1forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ ” ),

22 by so much more Jesus has become a 1surety of a abetter covenant.
23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.
24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Therefore He is also aable to save 1to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives bto make intercession for them.
26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, awho is holy, 1harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, band has become higher than the heavens;

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27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His aown sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

The New Priestly Service


1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, awho is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2 a Minister of athe 1sanctuary and of bthe true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
3 For aevery high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore bit is necessary that this One also have something to offer.
4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;
5 who serve athe copy and bshadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, c“See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
6 But now aHe has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a bbetter covenant, which was established on better promises.

A New Covenant

7 For if that afirst covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
8 Because finding fault with them, He says: a“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah
9 “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the aLORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and bI will be their God, and they shall be My people.
11 a“None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the bLORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, aand their sins 1and

27 aLev. 9:7;

CHAPTER 8 References

1 aCol. 3:1
2 aHeb. 9:8, 12
bHeb. 9:11, 24
1Lit. holies
3 aHeb. 5:1;
8:4 b[Eph. 5:2] 5 aHeb. 9:23,
24 bCol. 2:17
cEx. 25:40
6 a[2 Cor.
3:6–8] bHeb.
7 aEx. 3:8; 19:5
8 aJer.
10 aJer. 31:33
bZech. 8:8
11 aIs. 54:13
bJer. 31:34
12 aRom. 11:27
1NU omits
and their lawless
13 a[2 Cor.

their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
13 aIn that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

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Rejoicing in Answered Prayer

A Psalm of David.

1 TO You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: aDo not be silent to me, bLest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, aWhen I lift up my hands btoward Your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not 1take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, aWho speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts.
4 aGive them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve.

PSALM 28 References

1 aPs. 35:22;
39:12; 83:1
bPs. 88:4;
143:7; Prov.
2 aPs. 5:7 bPs.
3 aPs. 12:2;
55:21; 62:4;
Jer. 9:8 1drag
4 a[Ps. 62:12];
2 Tim. 4:14;
[Rev. 18:6;
22:12] 5 aIs. 5:12
7 aPs. 18:2;
59:17 bPs.
13:5; 112:7
8 aPs. 20:6 1So
with MT, Tg.;
LXX, Syr.,Vg.
the strength
of His people
Heb. messiah
9 a[Deut. 9:29;
32:9; 1 Kin.
8:51; Ps.
33:12]; 106:40
bDeut. 1:31;
Is. 63:9

5 Because athey do not regard the works of the LORD, Nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them And not build them up.

6 Blessed be the LORD, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7 The LORD is amy strength and my shield; My heart btrusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

8 The LORD is 1their strength, And He is the asaving refuge of His 2anointed.
9 Save Your people, And bless aYour inheritance; Shepherd them also, bAnd bear them up forever.




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