Hebrews 9:18
New International Version
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.

New Living Translation
That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal.

English Standard Version
Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.

Berean Study Bible
That is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.

Berean Literal Bible
wherefore neither has the first been inaugurated apart from blood.

King James Bible
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

New King James Version
Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.

NASB 1995
Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.

NASB 1977
Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.

Amplified Bible
So even the first covenant was not put in force without [the shedding of] blood.

Christian Standard Bible
That is why even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
That is why even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.

American Standard Version
Wherefore even the first covenant hath not been dedicated without blood.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, not even the first was established without blood.

Contemporary English Version
Blood was also used to put the first agreement into effect.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without blood.

English Revised Version
Wherefore even the first covenant hath not been dedicated without blood.

Good News Translation
That is why even the first covenant went into effect only with the use of blood.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why even the first promise was made with blood.

International Standard Version
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.

Literal Standard Version
for which reason, not even the first has been initiated apart from blood,

NET Bible
So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood.

Weymouth New Testament
Accordingly we find that the first Covenant was not inaugurated without blood.

World English Bible
Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood.

Young's Literal Translation
whence not even the first apart from blood hath been initiated,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Redemption through His Blood
17because a will does not take effect until the one who made it has died; it cannot be executed while he is still alive. 18That is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19For when Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people,…

Cross References
Exodus 24:6
Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar.

Leviticus 8:24
Moses also presented Aaron's sons and put some of the blood on their right earlobes, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Then he sprinkled the blood on all sides of the altar.

Hebrews 9:17
because a will does not take effect until the one who made it has died; it cannot be executed while he is still alive.

Hebrews 9:19
For when Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people,


Treasury of Scripture

Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

the first.

Hebrews 8:7-9
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second…

Exodus 12:22
And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

Exodus 24:3-8
And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do…

dedicated.

Hebrews 9:14,22
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? …









(18) Whereupon.--Better, Wherefore not even has the first (covenant) been dedicated (or, inaugurated) without blood. (See Exodus 24:6-8.)

Verse 18. - Wherefore neither hath the first (testament, A.V.; or, covenant) been dedicated without blood. Here the blood of slain victims, which had been essential for the first inauguration of the old διαθήκη, is referred to as expressing the principle of vers. 16, 17, viz. that there must be death for a διαθήκη (in whatever sense the word may be intended, whether as a testament or as a covenant between God and man) to take effect. Whichever view we take of the intended import of the word, the reference is equally apposite in support of the introductory proposition of ver. 15; which is to the effect that Christ's death (θανάτου γενμένου), fulfilling the symbolism of the old inaugurating sacrifices, qualified him as Mediator of a new διαθήκη.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
That is why
Ὅθεν (Hothen)
Conjunction
Strong's 3606: From hos with the directive enclitic of source; from which place or source or cause.

{even} the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

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

was not put into effect
ἐνκεκαίνισται (enkekainistai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1457: To consecrate, dedicate, renovate. From egkainia; to renew, i.e. Inaugurate.

without
χωρὶς (chōris)
Preposition
Strong's 5565: Apart from, separately from; without. Adverb from chora; at a space, i.e. Separately or apart from.

blood.
αἵματος (haimatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 129: Blood, literally, figuratively or specially; by implication, bloodshed, also kindred.


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