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7:1For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
7:2to whom also Abraham divided a tenth from all, first being interpreted "king of righteousness,"and then also king of Salem, which is "king of peace,"
7:3without 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.
7:4But observe how great this [man was], to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
7:5And 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;
7:6but the [one] not tracing his descent from them has received tithes from Abraham, and he has blessed the [one] having the promises.
7:7Now without any contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.
7:8And here on the one hand mortal men receive tithes, but there on the other he[ receives them], of whom[ ]it is witnessed that he lives.
7:9Even Levi, the [one] receiving tithes, has paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,
7:10for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
7:11Therefore, if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), why is there yet a need [for] another priest to rise, according to the order of Melchizedek, and not to be called according to the order of Aaron?
7:12For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there occurs a change of law also.
7:13For He concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.
7:14For it is evident that our Lord has risen out of Judah, regarding which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15And it is yet even more clearer, if according to the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest
7:16who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.
7:17For He testifies: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
7:18For on the one hand an annulment comes about of the preceding commandment on account of its weakness and uselessness.
7:19For the law made nothing perfect; but there[ is] the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
7:20And inasmuch as [it was] not without an oath,
7:21for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him that said to Him: "The LORD has sworn and will not relent, 'You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek' ",
7:22by so much more Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
7:23Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.
7:24But He, because He remains forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
7:25Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those coming to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
7:26For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;
7:27who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices beforehand, on behalf of His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
7:28For the law appoints men as high priests who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, [appoints] a Son who has been perfected forever.
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries