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.
King James Bible
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Darby Bible Translation
And here dying men receive tithes; but there one of whom the witness is that he lives;
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,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:8 And here - In the Levitical priesthood. But there - In the case of Melchisedec. He of whom it is testified that he liveth - Who is not spoken of as one that died for another to succeed him; but is represented only as living, no mention being made either of his birth or death.
LibraryChrist Our High Priest.
"Now, if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung …
Frank G. Allen—Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel
The Great High Priest
Christ a Complete Saviour:
And in another passage God said to him, "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."
Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.
In addition, we might even say that these Levites--the ones who collect the tithe--paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him.
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