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.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Here men that die receive tithes - The apostle is speaking of the ecclesiastical constitution of the Jews, which was standing at the time this epistle was written. Under the Jewish dispensation, though the priests were successively removed by death, yet they were as duly replaced by others appointed from the same family, and the payment of tithes was never interrupted. But as there is no account of Melchisedec ceasing to be a priest, or of his dying, he is represented as still living, the better to point him out as a type of Christ, and to show his priesthood to be more excellent than that which was according to the law, as an unchanging priesthood must be more excellent than that which was continually changing.

But there he receiveth them - The ὡδε, here, in the first clause of this verse refers to Mosaical institutions, as then existing: the εκει, there, in this clause refers to the place in Genesis (Genesis 14:20) where it is related that Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec, who is still considered as being alive or without a successor, because there is no account of his death, nor of any termination of his priesthood.

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Hebrews 7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

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 came out of Egypt by Moses.

Hebrews 5:6 As he said also in another place, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 6:20 Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 9:24,25 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself...

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live...

John 14:6,19 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me...

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Salvation to the Uttermost
Well, then it is salvation I desire to preach to you. We have, in our text, two or three things. In the first place, we are told who they are who will be saved, "them that come into God by Jesus Christ;" in the second place we are told the extent of the Saviour's ability to save, "He is able to save to the uttermost;" and in the third place, we have the reason given why he can save, "seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." I. First, we are told THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TO BE SAVED. And the
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856

Twenty-Fifth Day for More Conversions
WHAT TO PRAY.--For more Conversions "He is able to save completely, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession."--HEB. vii. 25. "We will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word.... And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied exceedingly."--ACTS vi. 4, 7. Christ's power to save, and save completely, depends on His unceasing intercession. The apostles withdrawing themselves from other work to give themselves continually to prayer was followed
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Waiting on God
Psalms 62:5.--My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him. The solemn question comes to us, "Is the God I have, a God that is to me above all circumstances, nearer to me than any circumstance can be?" Brother, have you learned to live your life having God so really with you every moment, that in circumstances the most difficult He is always more present and nearer than anything around you? All our knowledge of God's Word will help us very little, unless that comes to be the question
Andrew Murray—The Master's Indwelling

Christian Standing and Christian Progress
PHILIPPIANS iii. 12-16 Christian exultation--Christian confidence--"Not in the flesh"--"In Jesus Christ"--The prize in view--No finality in the progress--"Not already perfect"--The recompense of reward--What the prize will be In a certain sense we have completed our study of the first section of the third chapter of the Epistle. But the treatment has been so extremely imperfect, in view of the importance of that section, that a few further remarks must be made. Let us ponder one weighty verse,
Handley C. G. Moule—Philippian Studies

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,

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