Hebrews 10:2
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New International Version
Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.

New Living Translation
If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

English Standard Version
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

New American Standard Bible
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

King James Bible
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Otherwise, wouldn't they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

International Standard Version
Otherwise, would they not have stopped offering them, because the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer be aware of any sins?

NET Bible
For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if they had perfected them, doubtless, they would have ceased from their offerings, because their conscience would not have been buffeted by sin once they had themselves been purged;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If these sacrifices could have made the worshipers perfect, the sacrifices would have stopped long ago. Those who worship would have been cleansed once and for all. Their consciences would have been free from sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Otherwise, they would cease to offer them, because those that sacrifice, once purged, would have no more conscience of sin.

King James 2000 Bible
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshipers once purged should have had no more consciousness of sins.

American King James Version
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

American Standard Version
Else would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For then they would have ceased to be offered: because the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of sin any longer:

Darby Bible Translation
Since, would they not indeed have ceased being offered, on account of the worshippers once purged having no longer any conscience of sins?

English Revised Version
Else would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more conscience of sins?

Webster's Bible Translation
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshipers once cleansed, would have had no more conscience of sins.

Weymouth New Testament
For then would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, because the consciences of the worshippers--who in that case would now have been cleansed once for all--would no longer be burdened with sins?

World English Bible
Or else wouldn't they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins?

Young's Literal Translation
since, would they not have ceased to be offered, because of those serving having no more conscience of sins, having once been purified?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-10 The apostle having shown that the tabernacle, and ordinances of the covenant of Sinai, were only emblems and types of the gospel, concludes that the sacrifices the high priests offered continually, could not make the worshippers perfect, with respect to pardon, and the purifying of their consciences. But when God manifested in the flesh, became the sacrifice, and his death upon the accursed tree the ransom, then the Sufferer being of infinite worth, his free-will sufferings were of infinite value. The atoning sacrifice must be one capable of consenting, and must of his own will place himself in the sinner's stead: Christ did so. The fountain of all that Christ has done for his people, is the sovereign will and grace of God. The righteousness brought in, and the sacrifice once offered by Christ, are of eternal power, and his salvation shall never be done away. They are of power to make all the comers thereunto perfect; they derive from the atoning blood, strength and motives for obedience, and inward comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 2, 3. - For then (i.e. had it been so able) would they (the sacrifices) not have ceased to be offered, because that the worshippers, having been once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins? But (on the contrary) in those sacrifices there is a remembrance made of sins year by year. The very annual repetition of the same expiatory rites on the Day of Atonement expressed in itself the idea, not of the putting away (ἀθέτησις, Hebrews 9:26) or oblivion, (Hebrews 10:17) of sin, but a recalling to mind of its continual presence. In the following verse the reason of this is found in the nature of the sacrifices themselves; it being impossible for the blood of irrational animals to cleanse moral guilt: it could only avail for the "passing over" (πάρεσιν, Romans 3:25) of sins, as symbolizing an effectual atonement to come in the spiritual sphere of things.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For then would they not have ceased to be offered,.... The Complutensian edition, and the Syriac and Vulgate Latin versions, leave out the word "not"; and the sense requires it should be omitted, for the meaning is, that if perfection had been by the legal sacrifices, they would have ceased to have been offered; for if the former ones had made perfect, there would have been no need of others, or of the repetition of the same; but because they did not make perfect, therefore they were yearly renewed; unless the words are read with an interrogation, as they are in the Arabic version, "for then would they not have ceased to be offered?" yes, they would; they are indeed ceased now, but this is owing to Christ and his sacrifice, and not to the efficacy of these sacrifices; for yearly sacrifices were offered for former sins, as well as for fresh ones, as appears from the following verse.

Because the worshippers, once purged, would have had no more conscience of sins; there are external and internal worshippers; the latter are such who worship God in Spirit and in truth: but here ceremonial worshippers are meant, who, if they had been really purged from sin by legal sacrifices, and purifications, would have had no more conscience of sins, and so have had no need to have repeated them; as such spiritual worshippers, who are once purged from sin by the blood and sacrifice of Christ; not that they have no sin, or no sense of sin, or that their consciences are seared, or that they never accuse for sin, or that they are to make no confession and acknowledgment of sin; but that they are discharged from the guilt of sin, and are not liable to condemnation for it; and through the application of the blood of Christ to them, have peace with God, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. For—if the law could, by its sacrifices, have perfected the worshippers.

they—the sacrifices.

once purged—IF they were once for all cleansed (Heb 7:27).

conscience—"consciousness of sin" (Heb 9:9).

Hebrews 10:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Sacrifice Once for All
1For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 2Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? 3But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year.…
Cross References
Zechariah 9:11
As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.

Hebrews 9:14
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

1 Peter 2:19
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
Treasury of Scripture

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

would they not have. or, they would have. once.

Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Hebrews 9:13,14 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer …

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue …

conscience. Our translators use the word conscience here, as elsewhere, for consciousness.

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