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Hebrews 7:7

    Hebrews 7:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But there is no doubt that the less gets his blessing from the greater.

    Webster's Revision

    But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better.

    World English Bible

    But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better.

    Definitions for Hebrews 7:7

    Blessed - Happy.
    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 7:7

    The less is blessed of the better - That the superior blesses the inferior is a general proposition; but Abraham was blessed of Melchisedec, therefore Melchisedec was greater than Abraham. "The blessing here spoken of," says Dr. Macknight, "is not the simple wishing of good to others, which may be done by inferiors to superiors; but it is the action of a person authorized to declare God's intention to bestow good things on another. In this manner Isaac and Jacob blessed their children under a prophetic impulse; in this manner the priests under the law blessed the people; in this manner, likewise, Melchisedec, the priest of the most high God, blessed Abraham."

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 7:7

    And without all contradiction - It is an admitted principle; a point about which there can be no dispute.

    The less is blessed of the better - The act of pronouncing a blessing is understood to imply superiority of rank, age, or station. So when a father lays his hand on his children and blesses them, it is understood to be the act of one superior in age, venerableness, and authority; when a prophet pronounced a blessing on the people, the same thing was understood, and the same is true also when a minister of religion pronounces a blessing on a congregation. It is the act of one who is understood to sustain an office above the people on whom the blessing is pronounced. This was understood of the Saviour when parents brought their children to him to lay his hands on them and bless them Matthew 19:13; and the same was true of Jacob when dying he blessed the sons of Joseph; Hebrews 11:21; Genesis 48:5-20. The word "less" here means the one of inferior rank; who is less in office, honor, or age. It does not imply inferiority of moral or religious character, for this is not the point under consideration. The word "better" means one who is of superior office or rank, not one who has necessarily a purer or holier character. That Melchizedek was thus superior to Abraham, Paul says, is implied by the very declaration that he "blessed him." It is also seen to be true by the whole comparison. Abraham was a petty prince; an "Emir" - the head of a company of Nomades, or migratory shepherds, having, it is true, a large number of dependants, but still not having the rank here given to Melchizedek. Though called "a prophet" Genesis 20:7, yet he is nowhere called either a priest or a king. In these respects, it was undoubted that he was inferior to Melchizedek.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 7:7

    7:7 The less is blessed - Authoritatively, of the greater.