1 For this Melchizedek, 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 a tenth part of everything, first being interpreted "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, which is "king of peace," 3without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but having been made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4 But observe how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to collect tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brothers, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but the one not tracing his descent from them has received tithes from Abraham, and he has blessed the one having the promises. 7 Now without any contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 And here on the one hand mortal men receive tithes, but there on the other hereceives them, of whomit is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.