Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 7


The priesthood of Christ, according to the order of Melchisedech, excels the Levitical priesthood, and puts an end both to that and to the law.

1 For *this Melchisedech, 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 divided the tithes of all: who indeed first by interpretation is king of justice: and then also king of Salem, that is, king of peace,

3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continueth a priest for ever.

4 Now consider how great this man is, to whom also Abraham, the patriarch, gave tithes out of the chief spoils.

5 And indeed they of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, *have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is to, of their brethren: though they themselves also came out of the loins of Abraham.

6 But he, whose pedigree is not numbered among them, received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him, who had the promises.

7 And without all contradiction, that which is less, is blessed by the better.

8 And here indeed, men who die, receive thithes: but there he of whom it is testified, that he liveth.

9 And (as it may be said) even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham:

10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedech met him.

11 If then perfection were by 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 Melchisedech, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

12 For the priesthood being translated, it is necessary that a translation also be made of the law.

13 For he, of whom these things are spoken, is of another tribe, of which no one gave attendance at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord sprung out of Juda: in which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.

15 And it is yet far more evident: if, according to the similitude of Melchisedech, there arise another priest,

16 Who is made not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an indissoluble life:

17 For he testifieth: *Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.

18 There is indeed an abrogation of the former commandment, because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof:

19 For the law brought nothing to perfection: but the introduction of a better hope, by which we approach to God.

20 And inasmuch as it is not without an oath, (for the others indeed were made priests without an oath:

21 But he with an oath, by him that said to him: *The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: thou art a priest for ever:)

22 By so much is Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

23 And the others indeed were made many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing:

24 But he, because he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood,

25 Whereby he is able also to save for ever them that approach to God by himself: always living to make intercession for us.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens:

27 Who needeth not daily as the priests, *to offer sacrifices first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, by offering up himself.

28 For the law maketh men priests, who have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which is after the law, the Son who is perfected for evermore.



1: Genesis xiv. 18.

5: Deuteronomy xviii. 2.; Josue xiv. 4.

17: Psalm cix. 4.

21: Psalm cix. 4.

27: Leviticus xvi. 6.