Hebrews 7:18
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English Standard Version
For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness

King James Bible
For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

American Standard Version
For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is indeed a setting aside of the former commandment, because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof:

English Revised Version
For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness

Webster's Bible Translation
For there is verily a disannulling of the preceding commandment on account of its weakness and unprofitableness.

Weymouth New Testament
On the one hand we have here the abrogation of an earlier code because it was weak and ineffective--

Hebrews 7:18 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

There is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before (ἀθέτησις μὲν γὰρ γίνεται προαγούσης ἐντολῆς)

Verily is superfluous. Ἀθέτησις only here and Hebrews 9:26; a very few times in lxx: The fundamental idea is the doing away of something established (θετόν). The verb ἀθετεῖν to make void, do away with, is common in N.T. and in lxx, where it represents fifteen different Hebrew words, meaning to deal falsely, to make merchandise of, to abhor, to transgress, to rebel, to break an oath, etc. The noun, in a technical, legal sense, is found in a number of papyri from 98 to 271 a.d., meaning the making void of a document. It appears in the formula εἰς ἀθίτησιν καὶ ἀκύρωσιν for annulling and canceling. Προαγούσης ἐντολῆς rend. of a foregoing commandment. The expression is indefinite, applying to any commandment which might be superseded, although the commandment in Hebrews 7:16 is probably in the writer's mind. Foregoing, not emphasizing mere precedence in time, but rather the preliminary character of the commandment as destined to be done away by a later ordinance. With foregoing comp. 1 Timothy 1:18; 1 Timothy 5:24.

For the weakness and unprofitableness thereof (διὰ τὸ αὐτῆς ἀσθενὲς καὶ ἀνωφελές)

Rend. "because of its weakness and unprofitableness." It could not bring men into close fellowship with God. See Romans 5:20; Romans 8:3; Galatians 3:21. Ἀνωφελής unprofitable, only here and Titus 3:9.

Hebrews 7:18 Parallel Commentaries

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a disannulling.

Hebrews 7:11,12 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood...

Hebrews 8:7-13 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second...

Hebrews 10:1-9 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things...

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish the law.

Galatians 3:15,17 Brothers, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man cancels, or adds thereto...

the weakness.

Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw near to God.

Hebrews 8:7,8 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second...

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

Hebrews 10:1-4 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things...

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats...

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh...

Galatians 4:9,21 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements...

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is...

Cross References
Romans 8:3
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

Galatians 3:21
Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Hebrews 7:11
Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

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