Hebrews 9:17
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English Standard Version
For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.

King James Bible
For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

American Standard Version
For a testament is of force where there hath been death: for it doth never avail while he that made it liveth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For a testament is of force, after men are dead: otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator liveth.

English Revised Version
For a testament is of force where there hath been death: for doth it ever avail while he that made it liveth?

Webster's Bible Translation
For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Weymouth New Testament
And a will is only of force in the case of a deceased person, being never of any avail so long as he who made it lives.

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Vincent's Word Studies

For a testament is of force after men are dead (διαθήκη γὰρ ἐπὶ νεκροῖς βεβαία)

Rend. "for a covenant is of force (or sure) over (or upon) dead (victims)." Comp. Soph. Elect. 237; Eurip. Ion. 228; Aesch. Eumen. 316; Hdt. iv. 162. See also Leviticus 21:5.

Otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth (ἐπεὶ μὴ τότε ἰσχύει ὅτε ζῇ ὁ διαθέμενος)

Rend. "since it hath not then force when the institutor is alive": until he has been representatively slain.

Hebrews 9:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 48:21 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again to the land of your fathers.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled...

*Gr:

Galatians 3:15 Brothers, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man cancels, or adds thereto.

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Hebrews 9:16
For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.

Hebrews 9:18
Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.

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