Hebrews 10:2
New International Version
Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.

New Living Translation
If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

English Standard Version
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

Berean Study Bible
If it could, would not the offerings have ceased? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt the guilt of their sins.

Berean Literal Bible
Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, because of those serving having been cleansed once, no longer having conscience of sins?

King James Bible
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

New King James Version
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

New American Standard Bible
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

NASB 1995
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

NASB 1977
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

Amplified Bible
For if it were otherwise, would not these sacrifices have stopped being offered? For the worshipers, having once [for all time] been cleansed, would no longer have a consciousness of sin.

Christian Standard Bible
Otherwise, wouldn’t they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, purified once and for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Otherwise, wouldn't they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

American Standard Version
Else would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if they had perfected them, doubtless, they would have ceased from their offerings, because their conscience would not have been buffeted by sin once they had themselves been purged;

Contemporary English Version
If there were worshipers who already have their sins washed away and their consciences made clear, there would not be any need to go on offering sacrifices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For then they would have ceased to be offered: because the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of sin any longer:

English Revised Version
Else would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more conscience of sins?

Good News Translation
If the people worshiping God had really been purified from their sins, they would not feel guilty of sin any more, and all sacrifices would stop.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If these sacrifices could have made the worshipers perfect, the sacrifices would have stopped long ago. Those who worship would have been cleansed once and for all. Their consciences would have been free from sin.

International Standard Version
Otherwise, would they not have stopped offering them, because the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer be aware of any sins?

Literal Standard Version
since, would they not have ceased to be offered, because of those serving having no more conscience of sins, having been purified once?

NET Bible
For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin?

New Heart English Bible
Or else would not they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins?

Weymouth New Testament
For then would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, because the consciences of the worshippers--who in that case would now have been cleansed once for all--would no longer be burdened with sins?

World English Bible
Or else wouldn't they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins?

Young's Literal Translation
since, would they not have ceased to be offered, because of those serving having no more conscience of sins, having once been purified?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Christ's Perfect Sacrifice
1For the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves. It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2If it could, would not the offerings have ceased? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt the guilt of their sins. 3Instead, those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,…

Cross References
Zechariah 9:11
As for you, because of the blood of My covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit.

Hebrews 9:14
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, purify our consciences from works of death, so that we may serve the living God!

1 Peter 2:19
For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended.


Treasury of Scripture

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

would they not have.

Hebrews 10:17
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Hebrews 9:13,14
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: …

Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

conscience.









(2) For then.--Better, otherwise. The very repetition of the annual ceremonial was a testimony to its imperfection. The idea of repetition has been very strikingly brought out in Hebrews 10:1.

Once purged.--Better, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have no more consciousness of sins. "Worshippers," not the same word as in Hebrews 10:1, but similarly used in Hebrews 9:9; Hebrews 9:14; Hebrews 12:28 (Philippians 3:3, et al.): in Hebrews 8:5; Hebrews 13:10, it is applied to priestly service.

Verses 2, 3. - For then (i.e. had it been so able) would they (the sacrifices) not have ceased to be offered, because that the worshippers, having been once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins? But (on the contrary) in those sacrifices there is a remembrance made of sins year by year. The very annual repetition of the same expiatory rites on the Day of Atonement expressed in itself the idea, not of the putting away (ἀθέτησις, Hebrews 9:26) or oblivion, (Hebrews 10:17) of sin, but a recalling to mind of its continual presence. In the following verse the reason of this is found in the nature of the sacrifices themselves; it being impossible for the blood of irrational animals to cleanse moral guilt: it could only avail for the "passing over" (πάρεσιν, Romans 3:25) of sins, as symbolizing an effectual atonement to come in the spiritual sphere of things.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[If it could],
ἐπεὶ (epei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1893: Of time: when, after; of cause: since, because; otherwise: else. From epi and ei; thereupon, i.e. Since.

would not the offerings have ceased?
ἐπαύσαντο (epausanto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3973: A primary verb; to stop, i.e. Restrain, quit, desist, come to an end.

For
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

worshipers
λατρεύοντας (latreuontas)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3000: To serve, especially God, perhaps simply: I worship. From latris; to minister, i.e. Render religious homage.

would have been cleansed
κεκαθαρισμένους (kekatharismenous)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2511: To cleanse, make clean, literally, ceremonially, or spiritually, according to context. From katharos; to cleanse.

once [for all],
ἅπαξ (hapax)
Adverb
Strong's 530: Once, once for all. Probably from hapas; one time.

[and] would
ἔχειν (echein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

no
μηδεμίαν (mēdemian)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3367: No one, none, nothing.

longer
ἔτι (eti)
Adverb
Strong's 2089: (a) of time: still, yet, even now, (b) of degree: even, further, more, in addition. Perhaps akin to etos; 'yet, ' still.

have felt the guilt
συνείδησιν (syneidēsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4893: The conscience, a persisting notion. From a prolonged form of suneido; co-perception, i.e. Moral consciousness.

of [their] sins.
ἁμαρτιῶν (hamartiōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's 266: From hamartano; a sin.


Jump to Previous
Account Burdened Case Ceased Clean Cleansed Completely Conscience Consciences Conscious Consciousness End Felt Indeed Longer Offered Offerings Once Otherwise Possible Purged Sacrifices Sin Sins Stopped Worshipers Worshippers Wouldn't
Jump to Next
Account Burdened Case Ceased Clean Cleansed Completely Conscience Consciences Conscious Consciousness End Felt Indeed Longer Offered Offerings Once Otherwise Possible Purged Sacrifices Sin Sins Stopped Worshipers Worshippers Wouldn't
Links
Hebrews 10:2 NIV
Hebrews 10:2 NLT
Hebrews 10:2 ESV
Hebrews 10:2 NASB
Hebrews 10:2 KJV

Hebrews 10:2 BibleApps.com
Hebrews 10:2 Biblia Paralela
Hebrews 10:2 Chinese Bible
Hebrews 10:2 French Bible
Hebrews 10:2 Clyx Quotations

NT Letters: Hebrews 10:2 Or else wouldn't they have ceased (Heb. He. Hb)
Hebrews 10:1
Top of Page
Top of Page