Hebrews 10:4
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New International Version
It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

New Living Translation
For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

English Standard Version
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

New American Standard Bible
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

King James Bible
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

International Standard Version
for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

NET Bible
For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the blood of oxen and of yearling goats cannot purge sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(The blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the blood of bulls and of goats cannot take away sins.

King James 2000 Bible
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

American King James Version
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

American Standard Version
For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats sin should be taken away.

Darby Bible Translation
For blood of bulls and goats [is] incapable of taking away sins.

English Revised Version
For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Weymouth New Testament
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

World English Bible
For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

Young's Literal Translation
for it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
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

Verse 4. - For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats (specified as being the offerings of the Day of Atonement) should take away sins. The principle of the insufficiency of animal sacrifices having been thus expressed, confirmation of it is now further adduced from the Old Testament itself, together with a prophetic anticipation of the great self-oblation which was to take their place.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For it is not possible,.... There is a necessity of sin being taken away, otherwise it will be remembered; and there will be a conscience of it, and it must be answered for, or it will remain marked, and the curse and penalty of the law must take place: but it is impossible

that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins; which was shed on the day of atonement: sin is a breach of the moral law, but these sacrifices belong to, the ceremonial law, which are less acceptable to God than moral duties; sin is committed against God, and has an objective infiniteness in it, and therefore can never be atoned for by the blood of such creatures; it leaves a stain on the mind and conscience, which this blood cannot reach; besides, this is not the same blood, nor of the same kind with the person that has sinned; yea, if this could take away sin, it would do more than the blood of the man himself could do; such blood shed can never answer the penalty of the law, satisfy divine justice, or secure the honour of divine holiness: but what the blood of these creatures could not do, the blood of Christ has done, and does: that takes away sin from the sight of justice, and from the consciences of the saints. Compare with this the Septuagint version of Jeremiah 11:15.

"what, has the beloved committed abomination in my house? shall prayers, and the holy flesh take away thy wickednesses from thee, or by these shall thou escape?''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. For, &c.—reason why, necessarily, there is a continually recurring "remembrance of sins" in the legal sacrifices (Heb 10:3). Typically, "the blood of bulls," &c., sacrificed, had power; but it was only in virtue of the power of the one real antitypical sacrifice of Christ; they had no power in themselves; they were not the instrument of perfect vicarious atonement, but an exhibition of the need of it, suggesting to the faithful Israelite the sure hope of coming redemption, according to God's promise.

take away—"take off." The Greek, Heb 10:11, is stronger, explaining the weaker word here, "take away utterly." The blood of beasts could not take away the sin of man. A MAN must do that (see on [2574]Heb 9:12-14).

Hebrews 10:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Sacrifice Once for All
3But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. 4For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME;…
Cross References
Hebrews 9:12
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

Hebrews 9:13
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.

Hebrews 10:1
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

Hebrews 10:11
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Treasury of Scripture

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

not.

Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and …

Hebrews 9:9,13 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered …

Psalm 50:8-12 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, …

Psalm 51:16 For you desire not sacrifice; else would I give it: you delight not …

Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose comes there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet …

Jeremiah 7:21,22 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings …

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God …

Amos 5:21,22 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

Micah 6:6-8 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the …

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, …

take. There were essential defects in these sacrifices.

Hebrews 10:11 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes …

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

John 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the …

Romans 11:27 For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins.

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

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