Hebrews 8:7
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English Standard Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.

King James Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

American Standard Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if that former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second.

English Revised Version
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for the second.

Weymouth New Testament
For if that first Covenant had been free from imperfection, there would have been no attempt to introduce another.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The statement that a better covenant was enacted upon better promises is justified by the very existence of that second covenant. "If that first covenant had been faultless, there would no place have been sought for a second." The argument is like that in Hebrews 7:11 (see note). Notice the imperfect tense ἐξητείτο, lit. would have been being sought. A search would not have been going on. This implies a sense of dissatisfaction while the old covenant was still in force, and a looking about for something better. This hint is now expanded. It is to be shown that the Levitical system answered to a covenant which was recognized as imperfect and transitory by an O.T. prophet, since he spoke of a divine purpose to establish a new covenant.

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Hebrews 8:6 But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant...

Hebrews 7:11,18 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood...

Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:14
It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant,

Hebrews 7:11
Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

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