New International Version
For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.
King James Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Darby Bible Translation
For if that first was faultless, place had not been sought for a second.
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.
Hebrews 8:7 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If that first had been faultless - This is nearly the same argument with that in Hebrews 7:11. The simple meaning is: If the first covenant had made a provision for and actually conferred pardon and purity, and given a title to eternal life, then there could have been no need for a second; but the first covenant did not give these things, therefore a second was necessary; and the covenant that gives these things is the Christian covenant.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryChrist Our Mediator. --Continued.
"But now hath he [Christ] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. viii. 6). Having considered Christ's preparatory work, His earthly mission, we wish now to consider His office and work as mediator between God and men. Christ sought no additional honor because of His message to men and suffering on their account. On the contrary, He prayed: "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, …
Frank G. Allen—Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel
God in the Covenant
I am making this covenant, with its oath, not only with you
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood--and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood--why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
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