Hebrews 7:8
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New International Version
In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.

New Living Translation
The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on.

English Standard Version
In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.

New American Standard Bible
In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.

King James Bible
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the one case, men who will die receive tenths, but in the other case, Scripture testifies that he lives.

International Standard Version
Mortal men collect tithes, but we are informed by Scripture that Melchizedek keeps on living.

NET Bible
and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by him who is affirmed to be alive.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And here the children of men who die receive tithes, but there, he about whom the Scriptures testify that he lives.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Priests receive a tenth of everything, but they die. Melchizedek received a tenth of everything, but we are told that he lives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the same manner, here men that die take tithes; but there he received them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

King James 2000 Bible
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

American King James Version
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

American Standard Version
And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And here indeed, men that die, receive thithes: but there he hath witness, that he liveth.

Darby Bible Translation
And here dying men receive tithes; but there [one] of whom the witness is that he lives;

English Revised Version
And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is testified that he liveth.

Weymouth New Testament
Moreover here frail mortal men receive tithes: there one receives them about whom there is evidence that he is alive.

World English Bible
Here people who die receive tithes, but there one receives tithes of whom it is testified that he lives.

Young's Literal Translation
and here, indeed, men who die do receive tithes, and there he, who is testified to that he was living,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - And here (in the case of the Levitical priesthood) men that die (literally, dying men) receive tithes; but there (in the case of Melchizedek) one of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. The difference here noted is between a succession of mortal priests and one perpetually living, who never loses his personal claim, which is inherent, in himself. But how so of Melchizedek? For it is to him, and not to Christ the Antitype, that the words evidently apply. Is it at length implied that he was more than mortal man? No, if only for this reason; that the witness appealed to (μαρτυρούμενος) must be that of Scripture, which nowhere bears such witness of the historical Melchizedek. The words, μαρτυρούμενος ὅτε ζῇ, are, in fact, only a resumption of what was said in ver. 3: "having neither beginning of days nor end of life;" and hear the same meaning; viz. (as above explained) that he passes before our view in Genesis with no mention of either death, birth, or ancestry, and thus presented the ideal of "a priest for ever" to the inspired psalmist. The witness referred to is that of the record in Genesis, viewed in the light of the idea of the psalm.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And here men that die receive tithes, The priests and Levites were not only men, and mortal men, subject to death, but they did die, and so did not continue, by reason of death, Hebrews 7:24

but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth; which is to be understood of Melchizedek; who is not opposed to men, as if he was not a man, nor to mortal men, but to men that die; nor is he said to be immortal, but to live: and this may respect the silence of the Scripture concerning him, which gives no account of his death; and may be interpreted of the perpetuity of his priesthood, and of his living in his antitype Christ; and the testimony concerning him is in Psalm 110:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Second point of superiority: Melchisedec's is an enduring, the Levitical a transitory, priesthood. As the law was a parenthesis between Abraham's dispensation of promise of grace, and its enduring fulfilment at Christ's coming (Ro 5:20, Greek, "The law entered as something adscititious and by the way"): so the Levitical priesthood was parenthetical and temporary, between Melchisedec's typically enduring priesthood, and its antitypical realization in our ever continuing High Priest, Christ.

here—in the Levitical priesthood.

there—in the priesthood after the order of Melchisedec. In order to bring out the typical parallel more strongly, Paul substitutes, "He of whom it is witnessed that he liveth," for the more untypical, "He who is made like to Him that liveth." Melchisedec "liveth" merely in his official capacity, his priesthood being continued in Christ. Christ, on the other hand, is, in His own person, "ever living after the power of an endless life" (Heb 7:16, 25). Melchisedec's death not being recorded, is expressed by the positive term "liveth," for the sake of bringing into prominence the antitype, Christ, of whom alone it is strictly and perfectly true, "that He liveth."

Hebrews 7:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Melchizedek and Abraham
7But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on. 9And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,…
Cross References
Hebrews 5:6
And he says in another place, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 6:20
where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:7
And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater.

Hebrews 7:9
One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
Treasury of Scripture

And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

men.

Hebrews 7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

he liveth.

Hebrews 3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: however, not all that …

Hebrews 5:6 As he said also in another place, You are a priest for ever after …

Hebrews 6:20 Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high …

Hebrews 9:24,25 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

John 14:6,19 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

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