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1 For the law, having a shadow of the coming good things, not the image itself of the things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually yearly, perfect those who approach.
2 Since, would they not indeed have ceased being offered, on account of the worshippers once purged having no longer any conscience of sins?
3 But in these [there is] a calling to mind of sins yearly.
4 For blood of bulls and goats [is] incapable of taking away sins.
5 Wherefore coming into the world he says, Sacrifice and offering thou willedst not; but thou hast prepared me a body.

References for Hebrews 10:5

    • a 10:5 - Ps. 40.6-8.
      6 Thou tookest no pleasure in burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin.
      7 Then I said, Lo, I come (in [the] roll of the book it is written of me) to do, O God, thy will.

      References for Hebrews 10:7

        • b 10:7 - Or perhaps 'chapter,' to which a heading or summary was attached. Some take it as the summary or contents of the chapter or volume, written on the 'head' of the roll.
          8 Above, saying Sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou willedst not, neither tookest pleasure in (which are offered according to the law);

          References for Hebrews 10:8

            • c 10:8 - 'Which are of that kind that are.' Hostis, as Matt. 7.24.
              9 then he said, Lo, I come to do thy will. He takes away the first that he may establish the second;
              10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
              11 And every priest stands daily ministering, and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
              12 But *he*, having offered one sacrifice for sins, sat down in perpetuity at [the] right hand of God,

              References for Hebrews 10:12

                • d 10:12 - Or 'set himself down,' as ch. 1.3,
                  13 waiting from henceforth until his enemies be set [for the] footstool of his feet.

                  References for Hebrews 10:13

                    • e 10:13 - See Ps. 110.1.
                      14 For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity the sanctified.

                      References for Hebrews 10:14

                        • f 10:14 - See Note b, ch. 5.6. Having perfectly completed the work, he could sit down, and abide so, having done all; it is in contrast with the priests. They stood daily; he is set down 'for a continuance.' Connecting 'in perpetuity' with sacrifice spoils the whole force of the passage.
                        • g 10:14 - Not 'being,' nor 'having been,' 'sanctified', but the objects of this operation, those about whom God was doing this. As to date, 'we have been sanctified,' ver. 10.
                          15 And the Holy Spirit also bears us witness [of it]; for after what was said:

                          References for Hebrews 10:15

                            • h 10:15 - See Jer. 31.33,34.
                              16 This [is] the covenant which I will establish towards them after those days, saith [the] Lord: Giving my laws into their hearts, I will write them also in their understandings;

                              References for Hebrews 10:16

                                • i 10:16 - Or 'minds:' see ch. 8.10. The words 'it is said' could be added before 'and their sins, &c.', to give the sense.
                                  17 and their sins and their lawlessnesses I will never remember any more.
                                  18 But where there [is] remission of these, [there is] no longer a sacrifice for sin.

                                  References for Hebrews 10:18

                                    • j 10:18 - Lit. 'offering,' as ver. 10,14.
                                      19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness for entering into the [holy of] holies by the blood of Jesus,
                                      20 the new and living way which he has dedicated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,

                                      References for Hebrews 10:20

                                        • k 10:20 - 'Newly' or 'recently made.'
                                          21 and [having] a great priest over the house of God,
                                          22 let us approach with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, sprinkled as to our hearts from a wicked conscience, and washed as to our body with pure water.

                                          References for Hebrews 10:22

                                            • l 10:22 - It means 'washed all over,' or 'bathed,' as in John 13.10.
                                              23 Let us hold fast the confession of the hope unwavering, (for he [is] faithful who has promised;)
                                              24 and let us consider one another for provoking to love and good works;
                                              25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the custom [is] with some; but encouraging [one another], and by so much the more as ye see the day drawing near.
                                              26 For where we sin wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins,

                                              References for Hebrews 10:26

                                                • m 10:26 - Clear personal knowledge (epignosis), Matt. 11.27.
                                                  27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and heat of fire about to devour the adversaries.
                                                  28 Any one that has disregarded Moses' law dies without mercy on [the testimony of] two or three witnesses:
                                                  29 of how much worse punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and esteemed the blood of the covenant, whereby he has been sanctified, common, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

                                                  References for Hebrews 10:29

                                                    • n 10:29 - Or 'unclean,' having no holy character.
                                                      30 For we know him that said, To me [belongs] vengeance; *I* will recompense, saith the Lord: and again, The Lord shall judge his people.

                                                      References for Hebrews 10:30

                                                        • o 10:30 - See Deut. 32.35-36.
                                                          31 [It is] a fearful thing falling into [the] hands of [the] living God.
                                                          32 But call to mind the earlier days in which, having been enlightened, ye endured much conflict of sufferings;
                                                          33 on the one hand, when ye were made a spectacle both in reproaches and afflictions; and on the other, when ye became partakers with those who were passing through them.
                                                          34 For ye both sympathised with prisoners and accepted with joy the plunder of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better substance, and an abiding one.
                                                          35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense.
                                                          36 For ye have need of endurance in order that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.
                                                          37 For yet a very little while he that comes will come, and will not delay.
                                                          38 But the just shall live by faith; and, if he draw back, my soul does not take pleasure in him.

                                                          References for Hebrews 10:38

                                                            • p 10:38 - Or possibly this may read 'my just [man].' i.e. God's just one, the one he owns as such. There is good authority for it. The sense runs well and is the same.
                                                            • q 10:38 - Or 'any one.' The apostle is contrasting two characters; the one who perishes, and the one who saves, preserves, his life (spiritually, of course). The professing Hebrews were in danger of drawing back. It is certain that in what the apostle quotes (Hab. 2.3,4) there is no reference in the word 'he' to the just who lives by faith. The Hebrew and the LXX prove this. All through this Epistle the Hebrews who acknowledged Jesus as Messiah are treated as a people; that is, the whole people accepted on condition of believing. So Peter: 'but are now the people of God.' And here: 'Jesus, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood.' In this Epistle there is nothing of the sanctification of the Spirit; but the writer urges as a practical truth 'the just shall live by faith:' and then he says, 'and, if he draw back;' that is, any one holding this position of a professed believer; but if he was living by faith in him, he was not drawing back. In a word, drawing back is one character, living by faith another.
                                                              39 But *we* are not drawers back to perdition, but of faith to saving [the] soul.