7This King Melchizedek of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him; 2and to him Abraham apportioned one-tenth of everything. His name, in the first place, means king of righteousness; next he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest for ever.
15 It is even more obvious when another priest arises, resembling Melchizedek,
16one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent, but through the power of an indestructible life.
17For it is attested of him,
You are a priest for ever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.
3Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him.
3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, Come forward.
4Then he said to them, Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill? But they were silent.
5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, Stretch out your hand. He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
1 The Lord said to my lord, Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.
2 May the Lord stretch forth the sceptre of your power;
rule from Zion in the midst of your enemies.
3 Noble are you on this day of your birth;
on the holy mountain, from the womb of the dawn
the dew of your new birth is upon you.
4 The Lord has sworn and will not retract:
You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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