(7:1) "Melchisedec ... met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him."|
God showed his approval of "the slaughter of the kings" with Melchisedec's blessing of Abraham. (Genesis 14:17-18)
God's 2nd killing
"Melchisedec ... to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all ... Consider how great this
man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils."
Abraham gave Melchisedec one-tenth of all of the booty from "the slaughter of the kings," setting a fine example for religious hucksters everywhere.
(7:3) "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning
of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually."
Melchisedec had no father or mother. He was never born (he just appeared ready-made by God) and he
never died. He's still around somewhere.
Is everyone descended from Adam?
Must everyone die?
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met
Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by
interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem,
which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning
of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham
gave the tenth of the spoils.
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
But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham,
and blessed him that had the promises.
And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom
it is witnessed that he liveth.
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in
For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.||
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?||
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also
of the law.||
For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of
which no man gave attendance at the altar.||
For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses
spake nothing concerning priesthood.||
And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of
Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,||
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the
power of an endless life.||
For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of
For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the
weakness and unprofitableness thereof.||
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope
did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.||
And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:||
(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him
that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest
for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)||
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.||
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to
continue by reason of death:||
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.||
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God
by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.||
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled,
separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;||
Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first
for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he
offered up himself.||
For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of
the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for