Hebrews 7:4
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New International Version
Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!

New Living Translation
Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle.

English Standard Version
See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!

Berean Study Bible
Consider how great Melchizedek was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the spoils.

Berean Literal Bible
Now consider how great this one was, to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth out of the best spoils.

New American Standard Bible
Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.

King James Bible
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now consider how great this man was--even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the plunder to him!

International Standard Version
Just look at how great this man was! Even Abraham—the patriarch himself—gave him a tenth of what he had captured!

NET Bible
But see how great he must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of his plunder.

New Heart English Bible
Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But how much greater is This One than the man Abraham, Chief of The fathers, to whom he gave the tithe of the best?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You can see how important Melchizedek was. Abraham gave him a tenth of what he had captured, even though Abraham was the father of the chosen people.

New American Standard 1977
Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now consider how great this one was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

King James 2000 Bible
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

American King James Version
Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

American Standard Version
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the chief spoils.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now consider how great this man is, to whom also Abraham the patriarch gave tithes out of the principal things.

Darby Bible Translation
Now consider how great this [personage] was, to whom [even] the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth out of the spoils.

English Revised Version
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the chief spoils.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

Weymouth New Testament
Now think how great this priest-king must have been to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth part of the best of the spoil.

World English Bible
Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.

Young's Literal Translation
And see how great this one is, to whom also a tenth Abraham the patriarch did give out of the best of the spoils,
Study Bible
Melchizedek and Abraham
3Without father or mother or genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God, he remains a priest for all time. 4Consider how great Melchizedek was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the spoils. 5Now the Law commands the sons of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people (that is, their brothers), even though they are descended from Abraham.…
Cross References
Genesis 14:20
And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." He gave him a tenth of all.

Acts 2:29
Brothers, I can tell you with confidence that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

Acts 7:8
Then God gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision, and Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day. And Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
Treasury of Scripture

Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

the patriarch.

Acts 2:29 Men and brothers, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, …

Acts 7:8,9 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat …

Abraham.

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 17:5,6 Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall …

Romans 4:11-13,17,18 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

Galatians 3:28,29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

gave.

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which has delivered your enemies …

(4) How great this man was.--Better, is: the greatness abides, set forth in the words of Scripture. In the rest of the verse (where the best MSS. omit the word "even") it is well to follow the literal rendering, unto whom Abraham gave a tenth out of the chief spoils--(Abraham) the patriarch. "He gave him tithes of all" (Genesis 14:20), but the tenth was selected from the choicest part of the spoils. "Patriarch" is a word used in the LXX. (in Chronicles only) for the head of a family or chief of a clan. In the New Testament it is used of David in Acts 2:29, and twice in Acts 7 of Jacob's sons.

The next verse deals with the same subject, but under a new aspect. Here the thought is, Melchizedek received tithes even from Abraham the patriarch; there, He has been thus honoured, though no enactment of law invested him with superior rights.

Verse 4. - Now consider how great this man was, unto whom Abraham, the patriarch, even gave a tenth of the spoils. The typical significance of Melchizedek is now further seen in what passed between him and Abraham, in respect to tithe and blessing. Alford's inference, that πηλίκος οὕτος, referring as it does, not to the antitype, but to the man himself, implies some mysterious greatness beyond what appears in the original record, does not follow. Of one who simply blessed and received tithes from the great patriarch, the expression is not too strong. Observe the emphatic position, at the end of the Greek sentence, of παριάρχης, equivalent to "he, the patriarch." Abraham's being this, the father and representative of the chosen race, is what is shown in what follows to give peculiar significance to the transaction. The word ἀκροθίνια (properly, "the chief spoils"), which is not in the LXX., seems introduced to enhance the picture: "Quae Abrahami proprie fuerant, ut victoris" (Bengel). Now consider how great this man was,.... Melchizedek, of whom so many great and wonderful things are said in the preceding verses: and as follows,

unto whom the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils; of Abraham's giving tithes to him; see Gill on Hebrews 7:2 and Melchizedek's greatness is aggravated, not only from this act of Abraham's, but from Abraham's being a "patriarch", who did it; he was the patriarch of patriarchs, as the sons of Jacob are called, Acts 7:8 he is the patriarch of the whole Jewish nation, and of many nations, and of all believers, the friend of God, and heir of the world; how great then must Melchizedek be, to whom he paid tithes? and how much greater must Christ, the antitype of Melchizedek, be? 4. consider—not merely see, but weigh with attentive contemplation, the fact.

even—"to whom (as his superior) Abraham even paid tithe (went so far as to pay tithe) of (consisting of, literally, 'from') the best of the spoils (literally, 'the top of the heap"; whether of corn, the first-fruits of which, taken from the top, used to be consecrated to God; or of spoils, from the top of which the general used to take some portion for consecration to God, or for his own use)." He paid "tithes of ALL," and those tithes were taken out of the topmost and best portion of the whole spoils.

the patriarch—in the Greek emphatically standing at the end of the whole sentence: And this payer of tithe being no less a personage than "the patriarch," the first forefather and head of our Jewish race and nation See on [2555]Heb 7:3, on Melchisedec's superiority as specially consecrated king-priest, above the other patriarch-priests.7:4-10 That High Priest who should afterward appear, of whom Melchizedec was a type, must be much superior to the Levitical priests. Observe Abraham's great dignity and happiness; that he had the promises. That man is rich and happy indeed, who has the promises, both of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This honour have all those who receive the Lord Jesus. Let us go forth in our spiritual conflicts, trusting in his word and strength, ascribing our victories to his grace, and desiring to be met and blessed by him in all our ways.
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