Hebrews 7:9
New International Version
One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

Berean Study Bible
And so to speak, Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham.

Berean Literal Bible
and so, to say a word, even Levi, the one receiving tithes, has been tithed through Abraham.

King James Bible
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

New King James Version
Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,

New American Standard Bible
And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, has paid tithes,

NASB 1995
And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,

NASB 1977
And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,

Amplified Bible
A person might even say that Levi [the father of the priestly tribe] himself, who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham [the father of all Israel and of all who believe],

Christian Standard Bible
And in a sense Levi himself, who receives a tenth, has paid a tenth through Abraham,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And in a sense Levi himself, who receives tenths, has paid tenths through Abraham,

American Standard Version
And, so to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as a man, let us say about him that by Abraham, Levi, who receives tithes, was caused to tithe.

Contemporary English Version
Levi's descendants are now the ones who receive a tenth from people. We could even say that when Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth, Levi also gave him a tenth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And (as it may be said) even Levi who received tithes, paid tithes in Abraham:

Good News Translation
And, so to speak, when Abraham paid the tenth, Levi (whose descendants collect the tenth) also paid it.

International Standard Version
One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,

Literal Standard Version
and so to speak, through Abraham even Levi who is receiving tithes, has paid tithes,

New American Bible
One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, was tithed through Abraham,

NET Bible
And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham.

New Revised Standard Version
One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

New Heart English Bible
We can say that through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes,

Weymouth New Testament
And Levi too--if I may so speak--pays tithes through Abraham:

World English Bible
We can say that through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes,

Young's Literal Translation
and so to speak, through Abraham even Levi who is receiving tithes, hath paid tithes,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Melchizedek and Abraham
8In the case of the Levites, mortal men collect the tenth; but in the case of Melchizedek, it is affirmed that he lives on. 9And so to speak, Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham. 10For when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the loin of his ancestor.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 26:12
When you have finished laying aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you are to give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat and be filled within your gates.

Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Hebrews 7:8
In the case of the Levites, mortal men collect the tenth; but in the case of Melchizedek, it is affirmed that he lives on.

Hebrews 7:10
For when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the loin of his ancestor.


Treasury of Scripture

And as I may so say, Levi also, who receives tithes, paid tithes in Abraham.

payed.

Hebrews 7:4
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

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.

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:











(9) And as I may so say.--Or, so to speak: an apologetic mode of introducing an expression which might seem strange. In the thought itself there is no real difficulty, if we are careful to take into account the principle which prevailed throughout, that pre-eminence depended upon descent alone. Had Judah possessed an inherent superiority over his brother Levi, the descendants of Judah (in such a system as is here before us) might have claimed the like pre-eminence over the descendants of Levi. "Through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath payed tithes." The descendants of Abraham cannot but occupy a lower position in presence of one who appears as Abraham's superior.

Verses 9, 10. - And, so to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him. Or, in other words, "Nay, further, Melchizedek may be said to have tithed Levi himself and his priestly tribe." For, inasmuch as the whole position of Levi and his tribe, in the old dispensation, came by inheritance from the great patriarch who received the promises, the subordination of the patriarch to one above himself involved that of all who so inherited, it is not simply the physical descent of Levi from Abraham, but the peculiar position of the latter as "the patriarch," that justifies the assertion that Levi paid tithes through him. And thus, while we remember how Abraham is elsewhere viewed in Scripture as the representative of the chosen people, and also how the lives of individual patriarchs (notably so in the case of Jacob and Esau) are so told and referred to as to prefigure the positions and fortunes of the races they represent, we may recognize in this assertion no mere rabbinical fancy, but an interpretation true to the spirit of the Old Testament. Be it further observed that the original significance of Abraham's action as bearing upon his descendants is enhanced by the fact that, while it was after the receiving of the promise, it was before the birth of Isaac. He, and consequently his descendant Levi, was yet (ἔτι) in the loins of Abraham; on which point, "Proles e parenlis poteslate egressa in suam venit tutelain: sod quoad in parentis potestate, imo in lumbis est, illius conditionem sequitur" (Bengel).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

so
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

to speak,
εἰπεῖν (eipein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

Levi,
Λευὶ (Leui)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3017: Of Hebrew origin; Levi, the name of three Israelites.

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

collects
λαμβάνων (lambanōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2983: (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

[the] tenth,
δεκάτας (dekatas)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1181: A tenth part, a tithe. Feminine of dekatos; a tenth, i.e. As a percentage or tithe.

paid [the] tenth
δεδεκάτωται (dedekatōtai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1183: To tithe, collect tithe from. From dekate; to tithe, i.e. To give or take a tenth.

through
δι’ (di’)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

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


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