Hebrews 7:24
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New International Version
but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

New Living Translation
But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever.

English Standard Version
but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.

New American Standard Bible
but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.

King James Bible
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently.

International Standard Version
But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

NET Bible
but he holds his priesthood permanently since he lives forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But This One's Priesthood, because he is Eternal, does not pass away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Jesus lives forever, so he serves as a priest forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but this man, because he continues forever, has the intransmissible priesthood.

King James 2000 Bible
But this man, because he continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

American King James Version
But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

American Standard Version
but he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood,

Darby Bible Translation
but he, because of his continuing for ever, has the priesthood unchangeable.

English Revised Version
but he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable.

Webster's Bible Translation
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Weymouth New Testament
but He, because He continues for ever, has a priesthood which does not pass to any successor.

World English Bible
But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.

Young's Literal Translation
and he, because of his remaining -- to the age, hath the priesthood not transient,
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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

But this man, because he continueth ever,.... Though he died, death did not forbid him to continue, as it does other men; he was not forced to die, he died voluntarily; and he continued but for a small time under the power of death; besides, his death was a branch of his priestly office: so that he not only continued in his divine nature, which still had the human nature in union with it, but he continued in his office as a priest, and quickly rose from the dead; and the virtue of his sacrifice always remains, and he himself ever lives as an intercessor: wherefore he

hath an unchangeable priesthood; which will never be antiquated, and give place to another; nor does it, or ever will it pass from him to another, for it is needless, seeing he lives, and no other is sufficient for it; and it would be injustice to pass it to another; the glory of it is due to him; and this is matter of comfort to the saints, that he sits a priest upon his throne, and that his priesthood always continues.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. he—emphatic; Greek, "Himself." So in Ps 110:4, "Thou art a priest"; singular, not priests, "many."

continueth—Greek, simple verb, not the compound as in Heb 7:23. "Remaineth," namely, in life.

unchangeable—Greek, "hath His priesthood unchangeable"; not passing from one to another, intransmissible. Therefore no earthly so-called apostolic succession of priests are His vicegerents. The Jewish priests had successors in office, because "they could not continue by reason of death." But this Man, because He liveth ever, hath no successor in office, not even Peter (1Pe 5:1).

Hebrews 7:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus a Priest Like Melchizedek
23The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:7
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

John 12:34
The crowd spoke up, "We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?"

Romans 9:5
Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

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

Hebrews 7:28
For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
Treasury of Scripture

But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

But.
[Ho de,] But he, that is, Christ, because 'he continueth ever,' hath [aparabatos hierosune,] 'a priesthood that passeth not away from him.'

he continueth. See on ver.

Hebrews 7:8-25,28 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receives them, …

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ …

Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death …

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

hath.

1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according …

an unchangeable priesthood. or, a priesthood which passeth not from one to another.

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