New American Standard Bible
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
King James Bible
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Darby Bible Translation
(for the law perfected nothing,) and the introduction of a better hope by which we draw nigh to God.
World English Bible
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Young's Literal Translation
(for nothing did the law perfect) and the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw nigh to God.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For the law made nothing perfect - The Levitical, ceremonial law. It did not produce a perfect state; it did not do what was desirable to be done for a sinner; see the note on Hebrews 7:11. That Law, as such, did not reconcile man to God; it did not make an atonement: it did not put away guilt; in one word, "it did not restore things to the condition in which they were before the Law was broken and man became a sinner." If man were saved under that system - as many undoubtedly were - it was not in virtue of any intrinsic efficacy which it possessed, but in virtue of that great sacrifice which it typified.
But the bringing in of a better hope did - Margin, "But it was." The correct rendering is, probably, "but there is the bringing in of a better hope, by which we have access to God." The Law could not effect this. It left the conscience guilty, and sin unexpiated. But there is now the introduction of a better system by which we can approach a reconciled God. The "better hope" here refers to the more sure and certain expectation of heaven introduced by the gospel. There is a better foundation for hope; a more certain way of obtaining the divine favor than the Law could furnish.
By the which - By which better hope; that is, by means of the ground of hope furnished by the gospel, to wit, that God is now reconciled. and that we can approach him with the assurance that he is ready to save us.
We draw nigh unto God - We have access to him; notes, Romans 5:1-2.
LibraryPriest and victim
"He offered up himself."--Hebrews 7:27. I DO NOT KNOW when I have ever felt a more decided conflict of emotions in my own heart than I do just now. Happy is the man who has such a message as that in my text to deliver to his fellow-men; but burdened is the man who feels that the message is far too great for his lips, or, indeed, for any human tongue to convey. To be allowed to announce to men that our Lord Jesus Christ "offered up himself" on their behalf is, indeed, an errand which angels might …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
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You drew near when I called on You; You said, "Do not fear!"
and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET."
nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.
but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house-- whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
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