1. For this man who is Melchisedek, King of Peace, a priest of God, of the Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him.
2. To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, dividing it to him, for first indeed he is by translation King of Righteousness, and then also, King of Salem, which is the King of Peace.
3. Without a father, without a mother, without genealogy , having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but similar in form to the Son of God, he endures a priest unto perpetuity .
4. But consider ye the greatness of this man to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of the spoils, who himself was a patriarch.
5. Also, to those who indeed are from the offspring of Levi, is the priesthood given, they having received command to receive from the people according to the law, they are to do this from their brothers themselves, even though they came forth out from the loins of Abraham.
6. But he whose genealogy is not out of theirs, received tithes from Abraham, and had blessed him that had the promise [of the blessing].
7. But without any contradiction , the one who is lesser is blessed by him who is greater.
8. And here certainly, the tithes are received by men who die. But there, he is someone with a testimony that he lives .
9. Also, ye might even say as a matter of speaking, that through Abraham, even Levi, who is to receive tithes, paid tithes.
10. For he was still in the loins of his father, when he met him, the one who is Melchisedek.
11. If truly then, perfection was through the Levitical priesthood, (for they were for the people, even they themselves, for under them the laws were enacted), what need is there still, for another priest according to the order of Melchizedek, to rise up, and not according to the order of Aaron?
12. For with the change of the priesthood, it is of necessity, also that the law should be changed.
13. For he of whom these are spoken about, is of a tribe different from those who should be partakers, from which there is no one, who have stood at the altar of sacrifice.
14. For it is obviously clear before ye all, that out of Judah is where our Lord came from, a tribe of which Moses spoke nothing about concerning the priesthood.
15. Also, it is even more clearer beyond any opposition, if according to the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest:
16. Who is not according to the law of the command of the flesh, but according to the power of life that is indestructible .
17. For he testifies, ‘For you are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
18. For he truly abolished that which came before because it was weak and unprofitable.
19. For there is nothing that is perfected by the law; but the one which is introduced afterwards is of a better hope, because it is by it that we are brought nearer to God.
20. Moreover, that which was laid aside was not as great being without an affirmation of an oath.
21. For indeed, those that were without an affirmation oath became priests; but because he said to him, ‘I the Lord have sworn, and shall not repent of it, you are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
22. After laying down so much, he was made the sponsor of a more excellent [and mightier] testament.
23. And there were truly many who were priests, because death hindered them from continuing.
24. But he, because he continues forever, he has the priesthood that cannot pass away.
25. Wherefore, he is able [and powerful] to save all to the end, those who come drawing nigh through him to God, for he lives ever lives to be by them, to mediate for them, and to bring them to the attainment of the mark before them.
26. For he is the sort that is suitable for us as a high priest, holy, without evil , unsullied, separated from those who are sinners, who also has become exulted over the heavens.
27. He who is not having the need to come daily, as those high priests before him, to offer sacrifices for his own sins, and thereafter those of the people. For he had done so once and for all [by] offering himself.
28. For the law appoints men as high priests who had weaknesses. But the word of the affirmation oath that is after the law, consecrates the Son who forever has been made perfect.
Started translation 10:30 am 14th February, 2017; Completed translation 2:27 am 15th February, 2017.