Hebrews 7:23
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New International Version
Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;

New Living Translation
There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office.

English Standard Version
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office,

Berean Study Bible
Now there have been many other priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office.

Berean Literal Bible
And indeed those having become priests are many, because of being prevented from continuing by death.

New American Standard Bible
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,

King James Bible
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office.

International Standard Version
There have been many priests, since each one of them had to stop serving in office when he died.

NET Bible
And the others who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office,

New Heart English Bible
Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there were many Priests because they were dying and were not permitted to continue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a long succession of priests because when a priest died he could no longer serve.

New American Standard 1977
And the former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers, because they were prevented by death from continuing,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the others, truly, were many priests because they were not able to continue by reason of death:

King James 2000 Bible
And they truly were many priests, because they were not allowed to continue by reason of death:

American King James Version
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

American Standard Version
And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the others indeed were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue:

Darby Bible Translation
And they have been many priests, on account of being hindered from continuing by death;

English Revised Version
And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:

Webster's Bible Translation
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

Weymouth New Testament
And they have been appointed priests many in number, because death prevents their continuance in office:

World English Bible
Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

Young's Literal Translation
and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
A Superior Priesthood
22Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23Now there have been many other priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office. 24But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:14
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"

Hebrews 7:21
but Jesus became a priest with an oath by the One who said to Him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, 'You are a priest forever.'"

Hebrews 7:22
Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

Hebrews 7:24
But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.
Treasury of Scripture

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