New International Version
where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
King James Bible
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Darby Bible Translation
where Jesus is entered as forerunner for us, become for ever a high priest according to the order of Melchisedec.
World English Bible
where as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Young's Literal Translation
whither a forerunner for us did enter -- Jesus, after the order of Melchisedek chief priest having become -- to the age.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whither the forerunner - The word προδρομος, prodromos, does not merely signify one that goes or runs before another, but also one who shows the way, he who first does a particular thing; also the first fruits. So in the Septuagint, Isaiah 28:4, προδρομος συκου signifies the first fruits of the fig tree, or the first ripe figs.
To this meaning of the word Pliny refers, Hist. Nat., lib. xvi., c. 26: Ficus et praecoces habet, quas Athenis Prodromos (προδρομος), vocant. "The fig tree produces some figs which are ripe before the rest, and these are called by the Athenians prodromos, forerunner." The word is interpreted in the same way by Hesychius; it occurs in no other part of the New Testament, but may be found in Ecclus. 12:8, and in Isaiah 28:4, quoted above from the Septuagint. From this we may at once perceive the meaning of the phrase: Jesus is the first fruits of human nature that has entered into the heavenly kingdom; the first human body that was ripe for glory, and ripe long before the rest of the children who are partakers of flesh and blood. And he is entered for us, as the first fruits of all who have found redemption in his blood. Compare John 14:2 (note); 1 Corinthians 15:20 (note), 1 Corinthians 15:23 (note); and the notes there.
The metaphorical allusion is to the person who carries the anchor within the pier head, because there is not yet water sufficient to carry the ship in; and to this I have already referred.
After the order of Melchisedec - After a long digression the apostle resumes his explanation of Psalm 110:4, which he had produced, Hebrews 5:6, Hebrews 5:10, in order to prove the permanency of the high priesthood of Christ.
1. We have in this chapter a very solemn warning against backsliding and apostasy, and that negligence and sloth which are their forerunners. A man cannot be careless about God and heaven, till he has lost his relish for sacred things; and this relish he cannot lose while he is diligent and faithful. The slightest departure from truth and purity may ultimately lead to a denying, and even reviling, of the Lord who bought him.
2. Every obedient believer in Christ Jesus has both the oath and promise of God that he will make all grace abound towards him, for in blessing God will bless him; he may be greatly agitated and distressed, but, while he continues in the obedience of faith, he will ride out the storm. His anchor is within the veil while his heart is right with God. Jesus is gone before to prepare a place for him; and where the first fruits are, there will soon be the whole lump. He who perseveres unto death shall as surely see God as Jesus Christ now does. God's oath and promise cannot fail.
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The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
And he says in another place, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.
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