Hebrews 7:16
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English Standard Version
who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.

King James Bible
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

American Standard Version
who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is made not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an indissoluble life:

English Revised Version
who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Weymouth New Testament
and hold His office not in obedience to any temporary Law, but by virtue of an indestructible Life.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The law of a carnal commandment (νόμον ἐντολῆς σαρκίνης)

The phrase N.T.o. Νόμον the norm or standard, as Romans 7:21, Romans 7:23. Εντολῆς, the specific precept of the Mosaic law regarding Levitical priests. Comp. Ephesians 2:15. Σαρκίνης fleshly, indicates that the conditions of the Levitical priesthood had reference to the body. Fitness for office was determined largely by physical considerations. The priest must be of proper descent, without bodily blemish, ceremonially pure. See Hebrews 9:1-5, Hebrews 9:10, and comp. Romans 8:3. Such a priesthood cannot be eternal.

After the power of an endless life (κατὰ δύαναμιν ἀκαταλύτου)

Δύναμιν inherent virtue. Rend. for endless, indissoluble. Comp. καταλύθῃ loosened down, of a tent, 2 Corinthians 5:1; of the stones of the temple, Matthew 24:2. Jesus was high priest in virtue of the energy of indissoluble life which dwelt in him, unlike the priests who die, Hebrews 7:8. This truth the writer finds in the Psalm.

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the law.

Hebrews 9:9,10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices...

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things...

Galatians 4:3,9 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world...

Colossians 2:14,20 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way...

the power.

Hebrews 7:3,17,21,24,25,28 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like to the Son of God...

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.

Cross References
Romans 7:14
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

Hebrews 7:15
This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,

Hebrews 9:10
but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

Hebrews 9:14
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

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