New American Standard Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.
King James Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Darby Bible Translation
For if that first was faultless, place had not been sought for a second.
World English Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
Young's Literal Translation
for if that first were faultless, a place would not have been sought for a second.
Hebrews 8:7 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For if that first covenant had been faultless - see the note on Hebrews 7:11. It is implied here that God had said that that covenant was not perfect or faultless. The meaning is not that that first covenant made under Moses had any real faults - or inculcated what was wrong, but that it did not contain the ample provision for the pardon of sin and the salvation of the soul which was desirable. It was merely "preparatory" to the gospel.
Then should no place have been sought for the second - There could not have been - inasmuch as in that case it would have been impossible to have bettered it, and any change would have been only for the worse.
LibraryWesley Refused the Sacrament at Epworth
In the evening I reached Epworth. Sunday, 2. At five I preached on "So is everyone that is born of the Spirit." About eight I preached from my father's tomb on Hebrews 8:11. Many from the neighboring towns asked if it would not be well, as it was sacrament Sunday, for them to receive it. I told them, "By all means: but it would be more respectful first to ask Mr. Romley, the curate's leave." One did so, in the name of the rest; to whom he said, "Pray tell Mr. Wesley, I shall not give him the sacrament; …
John Wesley—The Journal of John Wesley
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