Hebrews 13:10

10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

Hebrews 13:10 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
English Standard Version (ESV)
10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.
New Living Translation (NLT)
10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat.
The Message Bible (MSG)
10 The altar from which God gives us the gift of himself is not for exploitation by insiders who grab and loot.
American Standard Version (ASV)
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat that serve the tabernacle.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
10 Those who serve at the tent have no right to eat what is sacrificed at our altar.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle do not have a right to eat.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
10 Some worship at the holy tent. But we have an altar that they have no right to eat from.

Hebrews 13:10 Meaning and Commentary

Hebrews 13:10

We have an altar
By which is meant, not the cross of Christ, on which he was crucified; nor the Lord's table, where his flesh and blood are presented to faith, as food, though not offered; but Christ himself, who is altar, sacrifice, and priest; he was typified by the altar of the burnt offering, and the sacrifice that was offered upon it; the altar was made of Shittim wood, and covered with brass, denoting the incorruptibleness, duration, and strength of Christ: the horns of it, at the four corners, were for refuge; whoever fled to it, and laid hold on them, were safe; so Christ is a refuge to his people, that come from the four corners of the earth; and who believe in him, and lay hold on him, are preserved and protected by his power and grace: the use of it was for sacrifice to be offered upon it; which being a male, without blemish, and wholly burnt with fire, was a sweet savour to God; and which was typical of Christ's human nature, offered on the altar of his divine nature; which was pure and holy, suffered the fire of divine wrath, and was for a sweet smelling savour to God: this altar was but one, and most holy, and sanctified what was put upon it; all which is true of Christ: now this altar the saints have, and have a right to eat of it; even all Christ's friends and beloved ones; all that are made priests unto God by him; all that know him, believe in him, have a spiritual discerning of him, and hunger and thirst after him:

whereof they have no right to eat that serve the tabernacle:
there is something of this altar, or that was offered up upon this altar, that is to be eaten, even the flesh and blood of Christ; and to "eat" of it is to believe that Christ is come in the flesh, and is become an offering for sin, and for us that eat; it is to receive, embrace, and possess the blessings procured by it; which is done by faith, with spiritual joy and gladness, and with sincerity and singleness of heart: now those, who served the tabernacle, or adhered to the service of the ceremonial law, they had no right to eat of this altar: the allusion is to the priests' eating of the sacrifices, and to some sacrifices, of which they might not eat, ( Leviticus 2:10 ) ( Leviticus 6:16 Leviticus 6:18 Leviticus 6:26 Leviticus 6:29 ) ( 7:9 ) ( 16:27 ) and this is not to be understood of believers, before the coming of Christ, who did attend tabernacle service; for they ate the same spiritual meat, and drank the same spiritual drink, as believers do now; but of such, who obstinately persisted in the ceremonies of the law, when they were abolished; and so cut off themselves from all right to the substance of these shadows. See ( Galatians 5:2-4 ) .

Hebrews 13:10 In-Context

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.
10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp.
12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Hebrews 8:5
  • 2. 1 Corinthians 9:13; 1 Corinthians 10:18
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