Hebrews 7:1

“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;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a priest of the Most High God, who gave Abraham his blessing, meeting him when he came back after putting the kings to death,
- Basic English Bible

For this Melchisedec, King of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from smiting the kings, and blessed him;
- Darby Bible

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;
- Webster's Bible

For this man, Melchizedek, King of Salem and priest of the Most High God--he who when Abraham was returning after defeating the kings met him and pronounced a blessing on him--
- Weymouth Bible

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
- World English Bible

And this Melchisedech, king of Salem, and preest of the hiyeste God, which mette with Abraham, as he turnede ayen fro the sleyng of kyngis, and blesside hym;
- Wycliffe Bible

For this Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who did meet Abraham turning back from the smiting of the kings, and did bless him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 7:1


7:1 The sum of this chapter is, Christ, as appears from his type, Melchisedec, who was greater than Abraham himself, from whom Levi descended, has a priesthood altogether excellent, new, firm, perpetual. #Gen 14:18|, &c.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 7:1


Heb 7:1 Christ's Priesthood After the Order of Melchizedek SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 7: The High Dignity of Melchizedek As a Priest. Abraham Paid Him Tithes. Thus Did the Aaronic Priesthood Confess His Superiority. A Type of a Priest Forever. Christ to Be a Priest After the Order of Melchizedek. Hence, the Aaronic Priesthood Imperfect. Hence, Too, the Law Must Be Changed. Christ, the Priest of the New Covenant, Hath an Unchangeable. Priesthood. For this Melchizedec, king of Salem. See the account of him in Ge 14:18-20. That he was a character of exceeding dignity is manifest, not only from the statements of Genesis, but of this chapter. There have been many speculations concerning his personality, but no man can lift the veil. He bursts upon us as a priest-king, king of Salem, or Jerusalem, which we now know from discoveries in Egyptian records existed even in those very early ages Priest of the most High God. See Ge 14:18. There is no account of his parents, none of his birth, none of his death, none of the beginning or end of his priesthood (Heb 7:3); hence, he appears in the record without parents, genealogy, beginning or end, simply as "one that liveth" (Heb 7:8), a fit type of him whose priesthood and kingly state endure forever. Who met Abraham, returning from the salughter of kings. See Ge 14:20. Abraham was returning from the pursuit of marauders who had captured Lot, his nephew. And blessed him. The "great father" (so the meaning of "Abram"), "the friend of God" (Jas 2:23), thus acknowledges his superior spiritual dignity.

Discussion for Hebrews 7

  • A disciple
    Dear Frank; What the Apostle is explaining to us is about the eternal existence of the Lord Jesus; in how Melchizedek (of whom there is no record in Scripture about his lineage) was taken as a type of Christ. The term, "..men that die receive tithes," simply refers to the mortality, and therefore the weakness of the Aaronic priesthood because the priests did not live for ever.
  • Frank Hogan nz
    " and here men that die receive tithes " verse 8 Can someone explain this to me, paying tithes to someone who is dead !!!
  • Delores campbell
    Love it for my Bible study and Sunday School!needs more questions to ask o each chapter! Blessings!
  • Edna
    according to romans we are neither jew or gentile we are one. there is only one high priest Jesus He is the new will.yes Jesus death brought in a new coventent because of man fail to keep the first. and yes Hebrews is for us today Praise God Almighty for the Grace Jesus brought a better promise. We We are is new Born of His spirte Forgiven once and for all
  • Steve morrow
    HEB 7:11 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 AARON 7:12 FOR THE PRIESTHOOD BEING CHANGED THERE IS MADE OF NECESSITY A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW 7:24 BUT THIS MAN BECAUSE HE CONTINUETH EVER HATH AN UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD
  • Deborah Kay Pierce
    Thank you for the blood that speaks better things and for the opportunity to just be blessed

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