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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CommentaryClarke'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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And he says in another place, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater.
One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
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