Hebrews 8:7
New International Version
For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.

New Living Translation
If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it.

English Standard Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.

Berean Study Bible
For if that first covenant had been without fault, no place would have been sought for a second.

Berean Literal Bible
For if what was first had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second.

New American Standard Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.

King James Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Christian Standard Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one.

Contemporary English Version
If the first agreement with God had been all right, there would not have been any need for another one.

Good News Translation
If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one.

International Standard Version
If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need to look for a second one,

NET Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one.

New Heart English Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if the first one had been without fault, then there would have been no place for this second one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If nothing had been wrong with the first promise, no one would look for another one.

New American Standard 1977
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place should have been sought for the second.

King James 2000 Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

American King James Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

American Standard Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if that former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second.

Darby Bible Translation
For if that first was faultless, place had not been sought for a second.

English Revised Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for the second.

Weymouth New Testament
For if that first Covenant had been free from imperfection, there would have been no attempt to introduce another.

World English Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

Young's Literal Translation
for if that first were faultless, a place would not have been sought for a second.
Study Bible
The New Covenant
6Now, however, Jesus has received a much more excellent ministry, just as the covenant He mediates is better and is founded on better promises. 7For if that first covenant had been without fault, no place would have been sought for a second. 8But God found fault with the people and said: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:14
I am making this covenant and this oath not only with you,

Hebrews 7:11
Now if perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (upon which basis the people received the Law), why was there still need for another priest to appear--one in the order of Melchizedek and not in the order of Aaron?

Treasury of Scripture

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

had.

Hebrews 8:6
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 7:11,18
If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? …

Galatians 3:21
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

that
ἐκείνη (ekeinē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

first [ covenant ]
πρώτη (prōtē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.

had been
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

without fault,
ἄμεμπτος (amemptos)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 273: Blameless, free from fault or defect. Irreproachable.

no
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

place
τόπος (topos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5117: Apparently a primary word; a spot, i.e. Location; figuratively, condition, opportunity; specially, a scabbard.

would have been sought
ἐζητεῖτο (ezēteito)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

for a second.
δευτέρας (deuteras)
Adjective - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1208: Second; with the article: in the second place, for the second time. As the compare of duo; second.
(7) For the second.--Rather, for a second. This verse connects itself with the words, "a better covenant" in Hebrews 8:6. The form of expression used clearly points to the intended inference--that covenant was faulty, and a place was sought for a second; this makes plain the connection with Hebrews 8:8. The failure of the first covenant was manifest (Hebrews 7:11; Hebrews 7:18) to God, who, whilst the first still existed, "sought" and found place for a second.

Verse 7. - For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for a second. "For" introduces this sentence as a reason for what has been already said; i.e. for a better covenant having been spoken cf. The expression might be objected to by Hebrew readers as implying imperfection in the original Divine covenant. "Nay," says the writer, "it was imperfect, it was not faultless; for prophecy itself declares this." Should it be further objected that in the prophecy it is not the old covenant itself that is found fault with, but the people for not observing it, the answer would be that the remedy for their non-observance being the substitution of a new one that would answer its purpose better, some imperfection in the old one is implied. This is indeed the very point of this verse. If it be asked, further, how faultiness in the old covenant is compatible with the view of its Divine origin, the answer is abundantly supplied in St. Paul's Epistles. His position constantly is that the Mosaic Law, though in itself "holy, just, and true," and adequate to its purpose, was still imperfect as a means of justification. It was but a temporary dispensation, with a purpose of its own, intervening between the original promise to Abraham and the fulfillment of that promise in Christ. Thus it is no derogation to itself or to its Author to charge it with "weakness and unprofitableness" for a purpose it was never meant to answer. 8:7-13 The superior excellence of the priesthood of Christ, above that of Aaron, is shown from that covenant of grace, of which Christ was Mediator. The law not only made all subject to it, liable to be condemned for the guilt of sin, but also was unable to remove that guilt, and clear the conscience from the sense and terror of it. Whereas, by the blood of Christ, a full remission of sins was provided, so that God would remember them no more. God once wrote his laws to his people, now he will write his laws in them; he will give them understanding to know and to believe his laws; he will give them memories to retain them; he will give them hearts to love them, courage to profess them, and power to put them in practice. This is the foundation of the covenant; and when this is laid, duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and with comfort. A plentiful outpouring of the Spirit of God will make the ministration of the gospel so effectual, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in persons of all sorts. Oh that this promise might be fulfilled in our days, that the hand of God may be with his ministers so that great numbers may believe, and be turned to the Lord! The pardon of sin will always be found to accompany the true knowledge of God. Notice the freeness of this pardon; its fulness; its fixedness. This pardoning mercy is connected with all other spiritual mercies: unpardoned sin hinders mercy, and pulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment, and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings. Let us search whether we are taught by the Holy Spirit to know Christ, so as uprightly to love, fear, trust, and obey him. All worldly vanities, outward privileges, or mere notions of religion, will soon vanish away, and leave those who trust in them miserable for ever.
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