Hebrews 7:23
New International Version
Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;

New Living Translation
There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office.

English Standard Version
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office,

Berean Study Bible
Now there have been many other priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office.

Berean Literal Bible
And indeed those having become priests are many, because of being prevented from continuing by death.

King James Bible
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

New King James Version
Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

New American Standard Bible
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing;

NASB 1995
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,

NASB 1977
And the former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers, because they were prevented by death from continuing,

Amplified Bible
The [former successive line of] priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were each prevented by death from continuing [perpetually in office];

Christian Standard Bible
Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office.

American Standard Version
And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there were many Priests because they were dying and were not permitted to continue.

Contemporary English Version
There have been a lot of other priests, and all of them have died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the others indeed were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue:

English Revised Version
And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:

Good News Translation
There is another difference: there were many of those other priests, because they died and could not continue their work.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a long succession of priests because when a priest died he could no longer serve.

International Standard Version
There have been many priests, since each one of them had to stop serving in office when he died.

Literal Standard Version
and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;

NET Bible
And the others who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office,

New Heart English Bible
Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

Weymouth New Testament
And they have been appointed priests many in number, because death prevents their continuance in office:

World English Bible
Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

Young's Literal Translation
and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Superior Priesthood
22Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23Now there have been many other priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office. 24But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.…

Cross References
Matthew 3:14
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"

Hebrews 7:21
but Jesus became a priest with an oath by the One who said to Him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: 'You are a priest forever.'"

Hebrews 7:22
Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

Hebrews 7:24
But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.


Treasury of Scripture

And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

were.

Hebrews 7:8
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

1 Chronicles 6:3-14
And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar…

Nehemiah 12:10,11
And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, …









(23) Were many priests.--Rather, have been made priests many (i.e., in large numbers), because by death they were prevented from continuing. (Comp. Hebrews 7:8, where the thought is somewhat similar.)

Verses 23, 24. - And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because of being by death hindered from continuing. But he, because of his abiding forever, hath his priesthood unchangeable. This second point of contrast has already been twice touched on - ver. 8, with respect to the claim to tithe; and ver. 16, with respect to the order of priesthood: here it is with especial reference to the eternal personality, and hence the perpetual and complete efficiency, of our one Priest. The repetitions are not tautological, having each time different bearings. The contrast here, as before, is between mortal men who succeed each other in the office of priesthood, and One who has the office inherent in himself forever. The word ἀπαράβατον (translated "unchangeable") is taken by some in an intransitive sense, as in margin of the A.V., that doth not pass to another, equivalent to ἀδιάδοχον. This, however, is not the proper force of this late Greek word, nor does the sense of the passage of necessity require it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Now
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

there
εἰσιν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

have been
γεγονότες (gegonotes)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

many
πλείονές (pleiones)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural - Comparative
Strong's 4119: Or neuter pleion, or pleon comparative of polus; more in quantity, number, or quality; also the major portion.

[other]
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

priests,
ἱερεῖς (hiereis)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2409: A priest, one who offers sacrifice to a god (in Jewish and pagan religions; of Christians only met.). From hieros; a priest.

since
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

death
θανάτῳ (thanatō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2288: Death, physical or spiritual. From thnesko; death.

prevented them from
κωλύεσθαι (kōlyesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 2967: To prevent, debar, hinder; with infin: from doing so and so. From the base of kolazo; to estop, i.e. Prevent.

continuing [in office].
παραμένειν (paramenein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 3887: To remain by, abide with; met: I persevere in. From para and meno; to stay near, i.e. Remain.


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