Hebrews 7:12
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New International Version
For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.

New Living Translation
And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it.

English Standard Version
For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.

New American Standard Bible
For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

King James Bible
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must be a change of law as well.

International Standard Version
When a change in the priesthood takes place, there must also be a change in the Law.

NET Bible
For when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But just as there was a change in The Priesthood, in this way there was also a change in The Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a different kind of priesthood is established, the regulations for those priests are different.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the priesthood being transposed, there is made of necessity a translation also of the law.

King James 2000 Bible
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

American King James Version
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

American Standard Version
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the priesthood being translated, it is necessary that a translation also be made of the law.

Darby Bible Translation
For, the priesthood being changed, there takes place of necessity a change of law also.

English Revised Version
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Weymouth New Testament
For when the priesthood changes, a change of Law also of necessity takes place.

World English Bible
For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change made also in the law.

Young's Literal Translation
for the priesthood being changed, of necessity also, of the law a change doth come,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:11-25 The priesthood and law by which perfection could not come, are done away; a Priest is risen, and a dispensation now set up, by which true believers may be made perfect. That there is such a change is plain. The law which made the Levitical priesthood, showed that the priests were frail, dying creatures, not able to save their own lives, much less could they save the souls of those who came to them. But the High Priest of our profession holds his office by the power of endless life in himself; not only to keep himself alive, but to give spiritual and eternal life to all who rely upon his sacrifice and intercession. The better covenant, of which Jesus was the Surety, is not here contrasted with the covenant of works, by which every transgressor is shut up under the curse. It is distinguished from the Sinai covenant with Israel, and the legal dispensation under which the church so long remained. The better covenant brought the church and every believer into clearer light, more perfect liberty, and more abundant privileges. In the order of Aaron there was a multitude of priests, of high priests one after another; but in the priesthood of Christ there is only one and the same. This is the believer's safety and happiness, that this everlasting High Priest is able to save to the uttermost, in all times, in all cases. Surely then it becomes us to desire a spirituality and holiness, as much beyond those of the Old Testament believers, as our advantages exceed theirs.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the priesthood being changed,.... Not translated from one tribe, family, or order, to another, but utterly abolished; for though it is called an everlasting priesthood, yet that is to be understood with a limitation, as the word "everlasting" often is, as relating to things under that dispensation; for nothing is more certain than that it is done away: it was of right abrogated at the death of Christ, and it is now in fact; since the destruction of Jerusalem, the daily sacrifice has ceased, and the children of Israel have been many days without one, and without an ephod. And the Jews themselves own, that the high priesthood was to cease in time to come (m), and which they say Azariah the son of Oded prophesied of in 2 Chronicles 15:3.

There is made of necessity a change also of the law; not the moral law, that was in being before the priesthood of Aaron, nor do they stand and fall together; besides, this still remains, for it is perfect, and cannot be made void by any other; nor is it set aside by Christ's priesthood: though there is a sense in which it is abolished; as it is in the hands of Moses; as it is a covenant of works; as to justification by it; and as to its curse and condemnation to them that are Christ's; yet it still remains in the hands of Christ, and as a rule of walk and conversation; and is useful, and continues so on many accounts: but either the judicial law; not that part of it which is founded on justice and equity, and was a means of guarding the moral law, for that still subsists; but that which was given to the Jews as Jews, and some parts of which depended on the priesthood, and so ceased with it; as the laws concerning the cities of refuge, raising up seed to a deceased brother, preserving inheritances in families, and judging and determining controversies: or rather the ceremonial law, which was but a shadow of good things to come, and was given but for a time; and this concerned the priesthood, and was made void by the priesthood of Christ; for that putting an end to the Levitical priesthood, the law which related to it must unavoidably cease, and become of no effect. This the Jews most strongly deny; God, they (n) say, will not change nor alter the law of Moses for ever. The nineth article of their creed, as drawn up by Maimonides, runs thus (o);

"I believe with a perfect faith that this law "shall not be changed", nor shall there be another law from the Creator, blessed be his name.''

But the reasoning of the apostle is strong and unanswerable.

(m) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 19. fol. 160. 4. (n) Seder Tephillot, Ed. Amsterd. fol. 2. 1. (o) Apud Seder Tephillot, Ed. Basil. fol. 86. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. For—the reason why Paul presses the words "after the order of Melchisedec" in Ps 110:4, namely, because these presuppose a change or transference of the priesthood, and this carries with it a change also of the law (which is inseparably bound up with the priesthood, both stand and fall together, Heb 7:11). This is his answer to those who might object, What need was there of a new covenant?

Hebrews 7:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus a Priest Like Melchizedek
11Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.…
Cross References
Hebrews 7:11
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood--and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood--why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?

Hebrews 7:13
He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.

Hebrews 9:10
They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings--external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
Treasury of Scripture

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

a change.

Isaiah 66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, said the LORD.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will make a new covenant …

Ezekiel 16:61 Then you shall remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall …

Acts 6:13,14 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

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