Hebrews 7:4
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Notice how great Melchizedek was! Our famous ancestor Abraham gave him a tenth of what he had taken from his enemies.

Good News Translation
You see, then, how great he was. Abraham, our famous ancestor, gave him one tenth of all he got in the battle.

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." Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.

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 brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

Acts 7:8,9
And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs…

Abraham.

Genesis 12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Genesis 17:5,6
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee…

Romans 4:11-13,17,18
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: …

gave.

Genesis 14:20
And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.







Lexicon
Consider
Θεωρεῖτε (Theōreite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2334: From a derivative of theaomai; to be a spectator of, i.e. Discern, (experience) or intensively (acknowledge).

how great
πηλίκος (pēlikos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4080: How large, how great. A quantitative form of the base of pou; how much, i.e. In size or dignity.

[Melchizedek was]:
οὗτος (houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

Even
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

patriarch
πατριάρχης (patriarchēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3966: A patriarch, head or founder of a family. From patria and archo; a progenitor.

Abraham
Ἀβραὰμ (Abraam)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 11: Abraham, progenitor of the Hebrew race. Of Hebrew origin; Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch.

gave
ἔδωκεν (edōken)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

[him]
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

a tenth
δεκάτην (dekatēn)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1181: A tenth part, a tithe. Feminine of dekatos; a tenth, i.e. As a percentage or tithe.

of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

spoils.
ἀκροθινίων (akrothiniōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 205: From akron and this; properly the top of the heap, i.e. best of the booty.
(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). 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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