New International Version
because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
King James Bible
For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Darby Bible Translation
For a testament [is] of force when men are dead, since it is in no way of force while the testator is alive.)
World English Bible
For a will is in force where there has been death, for it is never in force while he who made it lives.
Young's Literal Translation
for a covenant over dead victims is stedfast, since it is no force at all when the covenant-victim liveth,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For where a testament is - A learned and judicious friend furnishes me with the following translation of this and the 17th verse: -
"For where there is a covenant, it is necessary that the death of the appointed victim should be exhibited, because a covenant is confirmed over dead victims, since it is not at all valid while the appointed victim is alive."
He observes, "There is no word signifying testator, or men, in the original. Διαθεμενος is not a substantive, but a participle, or a participial adjective, derived from the same root as διατηκη, and must have a substantive understood. I therefore render it the disposed or appointed victim, alluding to the manner of disposing or setting apart the pieces of the victim, when they were going to ratify a covenant; and you know well the old custom of ratifying a covenant, to which the apostle alludes. I refer to your own notes on Genesis 6:18 (note), and Genesis 15:10 (note). - J. C."
Mr. Wakefield has translated the passage nearly in the same way.
"For where a covenant is, there must be necessarily introduced the death of that which establisheth the covenant; because a covenant is confirmed over dead things, and is of no force at all whilst that which establisheth the covenant is alive." This is undoubtedly the meaning of this passage; and we should endeavor to forget that testament and testator were ever introduced, as they totally change the apostle's meaning. See the observations at the end of this chapter.
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In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
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