Hebrews 7:21
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English Standard Version
but this one was made 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.’”

King James Bible
(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

American Standard Version
(for they indeed have been made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that saith of him, The Lord sware and will not repent himself, Thou art a priest for ever);

Douay-Rheims Bible
But this with an oath, by him that said unto him: The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever.)

English Revised Version
(for they indeed have been made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that saith of him, The Lord sware and will not repent himself, Thou art a priest for ever);

Webster's Bible Translation
(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath, by him that said to him, The Lord swore, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

Weymouth New Testament
for these men hold office without any oath having been taken, but He holds it attested by an oath from Him who said to Him, "The Lord has sworn and will not recall His words, Thou art a Priest for ever" --

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Vincent's Word Studies

For those priests were made (οἱ μὲν γὰρ - εἰσὶν ἱερεῖς γεγονότες)

Rend. for they have been made priests. Lit. are priests, having become such.

Without an oath

Without the taking of an oath by God. Scripture says nothing of an oath of God when he appointed Aaron and his posterity to the priesthood.

But this with an oath (ὁ δὲ μετὰ ὁρκωμοσίας)

Rend. but he with the taking of an oath. The taking of the oath accompanied (μετὰ) the inauguration into the priesthood.

That said (λέγοντος)

Better, saith. Still says, since the promise is realized in Christ's priesthood.

Hebrews 7:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

an oath. or, swearing of an oath.
The Lord.

Hebrews 7:17 For he testifies, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Psalm 110:4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

sware. See on ch.

Hebrews 6:16-18 For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife...

Cross References
Numbers 23:19
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

1 Samuel 15:29
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret."

Psalm 110:4
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."

Romans 11:29
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Hebrews 5:6
as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 7:17
For it is witnessed of him, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 7:20
And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath,

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