Hebrews 7:18
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New International Version
The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless

New Living Translation
Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless.

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

Berean Study Bible
So the former commandment is set aside because it was weak and useless

Berean Literal Bible
For indeed, there is a putting away of the preceding commandment, because of its weakness and uselessness

New American Standard Bible
For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the previous command is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable

International Standard Version
Indeed, because it was weak and ineffective, the former commandment has been annulled,

NET Bible
On the one hand a former command is set aside because it is weak and useless,

New Heart English Bible
For there is an annulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there was a change in the first testament because of its impotence, and there was no benefit in it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The former requirements are rejected because they are weak and useless.

New American Standard 1977
For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

Jubilee Bible 2000
For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness of it;

King James 2000 Bible
For there is verily an annulment of the previous commandment because of the weakness and uselessness thereof.

American King James Version
For there is truly a cancellation 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:

Darby Bible Translation
For there is a setting aside of the commandment going before for its weakness and unprofitableness,

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--

World English Bible
For there is an annulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

Young's Literal Translation
for a disannulling indeed doth come of the command going before because of its weakness, and unprofitableness,
Study Bible
A Superior Priesthood
17For it is testified: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 18So the former commandment is set aside because it was weak and useless 19(for the Law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.…
Cross References
Romans 8:3
For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. He thus condemned sin in the flesh,

Galatians 3:21
Is the Law, then, opposed to the promises of God? Not at all! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come from the Law.

Hebrews 7:11
Now if perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (upon which basis the people received the Law), why was there still a need for another priest to appear--one in the order of Melchizedek and not in the order of Aaron?
Treasury of Scripture

For there is truly a cancellation of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

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 …

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

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

Galatians 3:15,17 Brothers, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's …

the weakness.

Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better …

Hebrews 8:7,8 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place …

Hebrews 9:9,10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered …

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

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Galatians 4:9,21 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to …

(18, 19) The intimate connection between these two verses is obscured by the ordinary translation. They point out with greater fulness and clearness what is involved in the statement of Hebrews 7:16. "For there is an annulling of a preceding commandment, because of its weakness and unprofitableness (for the Law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, by which we draw nigh unto God." (It must be borne in mind throughout that by the "commandment" is meant the ordinance which created the Levitical priesthood, not the Law in general.) That Jesus was not made Priest according to a law of a carnal commandment (Hebrews 7:16) involves the annulling of that commandment; in His becoming Priest according to a power of indissoluble life is involved the introduction of a better hope. This is the general meaning, but each division of the thought is expanded. The appointment of a different priest by the very authority on which the former commandment rested, the divine decree, showed that commandment to be of force no longer: as we have already seen (Hebrews 7:11), this is because the commandment is weak and unprofitable--because the priesthood it creates cannot attain the end of its institution, which is to bring men into fellowship with God. The parenthesis, "for the Law made nothing perfect," points out that the weakness just spoken of corresponds to that imperfection which confessedly belongs to the earlier dispensation: even the Jew (who would have accounted a change of priestly line impossible) expected perfection only when Messiah should have appeared. When the earlier commandment is annulled, in its place there is brought in a better hope. The "better hope" stands connected with the "better covenant" (Hebrews 7:22) and the "better promises" (Hebrews 8:6). "And by this (better hope) we draw nigh unto God." The end of the priesthood therefore is attained. (See Hebrews 7:11.) In the Law (Leviticus 10:3) the priests are "those who come nigh unto God," that is, in the service of the sanctuary: with a nobler meaning this name shall now belong to all God's people.

Verses 18, 19. - For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof (for the Law made nothing perfect); but [there is on the other hand] a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God. Such is certainly the construction of the sentence (not as in the A.V.); οὐδεν γὰρ, etc., in ver. 19 being parenthetical, and ἐπεισαγωγὴ depending on γίνεται in ver. 18. We have here the conclusion of the argument of the vers. 11-18, with a further expression of the inherent insufficiency of the Law, given as the reason of its supersession; reminding us of similar views of what the Law was worth frequent in St. Paul's Epistles (cf. Romans 8:3; Galatians 3:10, etc.). The final clause, δἱ ῆς ἐγγίζομεν τῷ Θεῷ, leads directly up to the main subject in the writer's view, viz. the exposition of Christ's eternal priesthood. But two proofs are first to be given of Christ's priesthood being, unlike the Aaronic, thus eternally availing to bring us near to God. These proofs are to be found in the Divine oath which established it, and the expression, "forever," in Psalm 90, once more adduced. For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment,.... Not the moral law; though what is here said of the commandment may be applied to that; that is sometimes called the commandment, Romans 7:12 it went before the promise of the Messiah, and the Gospel of Christ, and the dispensation of it; it is in some respects weak; it cannot justify from the guilt of sin, nor free from the power of it, nor secure from death, the punishment of it, nor give eternal life; though it has a power to command, accuse, convince, and condemn: and it is also unprofitable in the business of justification and salvation; though otherwise it is profitable to convince of sin, to show what righteousness is, and to be a rule of conversation to the saints in the hand of Christ; yet not this, but the ceremonial law is meant, which is the commandment that respected the Levitical priesthood, and is called a carnal one, and is inclusive of many others, and, which distinguishes that dispensation from the Gospel one: and this may be said to be

going before; with respect to time, being before the Gospel state, or the exhibition of the new covenant of grace; and with respect to use, as a type or shadow of good things to come; and as it was a schoolmaster going before, and leading on to the knowledge of evangelical truths: and this is now disannulled, abrogated, and made void; the middle wall of partition is broken down, and the law of commandments contained in ordinances is abolished:

for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof; the ceremonial law was weak; it could not expiate or atone for sin, in the sight of God; it could not remove the guilt of sin from the conscience, but there was still a remembrance of it; nor could it cleanse from the filth of sin; all it could do was, to expiate sin typically, and sanctify externally to the purifying of the flesh; and all the virtue it had was owing to Christ, whom it prefigured; and therefore, being fulfilled in him, it ceased: and it was "unprofitable"; not before the coming of Christ, for then it was a shadow, a type, a schoolmaster, and had its usefulness; but since his coming, who is the body and substance of it, it is unprofitable to be joined to him; and is of no service in the affair of salvation; and is no other than a grievous yoke of bondage; yea, is what renders Christ unprofitable and of no effect, when submitted to as in force, and as necessary to salvation; and because of these things, it is abolished and made null and void. The Jews, though they are strenuous assertors of the unalterableness of the law of Moses, yet sometimes are obliged to acknowledge the abrogation of the ceremonial law in the times of the Messiah; the commandment, they say (r), meaning this, shall cease in the time to come; and again,

"all sacrifices shall cease in the future state, or time to come, (i.e. the times of the Messiah,) but the sacrifice of praise (s).''

(r) T. Bab. Nidda, fol. 61. 2.((s) Vajikra Rabba, scct. 9. fol. 153. 1. & sect. 27. fol. 168. 4. 18. there is—Greek, "there takes place," according to Ps 110:4.

disannuling—a repealing.

of the commandment—ordaining the Levitical priesthood. And, as the Levitical priesthood and the law are inseparably joined, since the former is repealed, the latter is so also (see on [2557]Heb 7:11).

going before—the legal ordinance introducing and giving place to the Christian, the antitypical and permanent end of the former.

weakness and unprofitableness—The opposite of "power" (Heb 7:16).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.
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