Hebrews 8:9
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New International Version
It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.

King James Bible
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
not according to the covenant which I made to their fathers in [the] day of my taking their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because *they* did not continue in my covenant, and *I* did not regard them, saith [the] Lord.

World English Bible
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they didn't continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them," says the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day of My taking them by their hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt -- because they did not remain in My covenant, and I did not regard them, saith the Lord, --

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Not according to the covenant - The new covenant is of a widely different nature to that of the old; it was only temporal and earthly in itself, though it pointed out spiritual and eternal things. The new covenant is totally different from this, as we have already seen; and such a covenant, or system of religion, the Jews should have been prepared to expect, as the Prophet Jeremiah had, in the above place, so clearly foretold it.

They continued not in my covenant - It should be observed that the word διαθηκη, which we translate covenant, often means religion itself; and its various precepts. The old covenant in general stated, on God's side, I will be your God; on the Israelites' side, We will be thy people. This covenant they brake; they served other gods, and neglected the precepts of that holy religion which God had delivered to them.

And I regarded them not - Καγω ημελησα αυτων· And I neglected them or despised them; but the words in the Hebrew text of the prophet are ואנכי בעלתי בם veanochi baalti bam, which we translate, although I was a husband to them. If our translation be correct, is it possible to account for this most strange difference between the apostle and the prophet? Could the Spirit of God be the author of such a strange, not to say contradictory, translation of the same words? Let it be observed:

1. That the apostle quotes from the Septuagint; and in quoting a version accredited by and commonly used among the Jews, he ought to give the text as he found it, unless the Spirit of God dictated an extension of meaning, as is sometimes the case; but in the present case there seems to be no necessity to alter the meaning.

2. The Hebrew words will bear a translation much nearer to the Septuagint and the apostle than our translation intimates. The words might be literally rendered, And I was Lord over them, or I lorded or ruled over them; i.e., I chastised them for their transgressions, and punished them for their iniquities; ημελησα, I took no farther care of them, and gave them up into the hands of their enemies, and so they were carried away into captivity. This pretty nearly reconciles the Hebrew and the Greek, as it shows the act of God in reference to them is nearly the same when the proper meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words is considered.

Some suppose that the letter ע ain in בעלתי is changed for ח cheth, and that the word should be read בחלתי bachalti, I have hated or despised them. An ancient and learned Jew, Rab. Parchon, has these remarkable words on this passage,

ואנכי בעלתי בם׃ פ

שנאתים וזו העין מתחלבה כחית שג

וגם נכשם כחלה בי׃ פ

שנאה אותי,

and I baalti baam, translate, I hated them; for ע ain is here changed and stands for ח cheth, as it is said, their soul bachalah bi, translate, hath hated me." None of the Hebrew MSS. collated by Kennicott and De Rossi give any various reading on this word. Some of the versions have used as much latitude in their translations of the Hebrew as the Septuagint. But it is unnecessary to discuss this subject any farther; the word בעל baal itself, by the consent of the most learned men, signifies to disdain or despise, and this is pretty nearly the sense of the apostle's expression.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the covenant.

Hebrews 9:18-20 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood...

Exodus 24:3-11 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice...

Exodus 34:10,27,28 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth...

Deuteronomy 5:2,3 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb...

Deuteronomy 29:1,12 These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab...

Galatians 3:15-19 Brothers, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man cancels, or adds thereto...

Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which engenders to bondage, which is Agar.

I took.

Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters...

Job 8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:


Songs 8:5 Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? I raised you up under the apple tree...

Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you.

Isaiah 51:18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she has brought forth...

Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands on him...

Acts 9:8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand...

Acts 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season...

to lead.

Exodus 19:4,5 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to myself...

Psalm 77:20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 78:52-54 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock...

Psalm 105:43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

Psalm 136:11-14 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endures for ever...

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom...

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them...

Isaiah 63:11-13 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying...

they continued.

Exodus 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it...

Deuteronomy 29:25 Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers...

Deuteronomy 31:16-18 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up...

Joshua 23:15,16 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come on you, which the LORD your God promised you...

2 Kings 17:15-18 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them...

Psalm 78:10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;

Psalm 78:11,57 And forgot his works, and his wonders that he had showed them...

Isaiah 24:5,6 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance...

Jeremiah 11:7,8 For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even to this day...

Jeremiah 22:8,9 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbor, Why has the LORD done thus to this great city...

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land...

Ezekiel 16:8,59 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you...

Ezekiel 20:37,38 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant...


Judges 10:13,14 Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods: why I will deliver you no more...

Lamentations 4:16 The anger of the LORD has divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests...

Amos 5:22 Though you offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them...

Malachi 2:13 And this have you done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out...

Christ Our Mediator. --Continued.
"But now hath he [Christ] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. viii. 6). Having considered Christ's preparatory work, His earthly mission, we wish now to consider His office and work as mediator between God and men. Christ sought no additional honor because of His message to men and suffering on their account. On the contrary, He prayed: "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self,
Frank G. Allen—Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel

God in the Covenant
But I have been thinking for the last two or three days, that the covenant of grace excels the other covenant most marvelously in the mighty blessings which it confers. What does the covenant of grace convey? I had thought this morning of preaching a sermon upon "The covenant of grace; what are the blessings it gives to God's children?" But when I began to think of it, there was so much in the covenant, that if I had only read a catalogue of the great and glorious blessings, wrapped up within its
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856

I. I will remind you of some points that have been settled in this course of study. 1. The true intent and meaning of the law of God has been, as I trust, ascertained in the lectures on moral government. Let this point if need be, be examined by reference to those lectures. 2. We have also seen, in those lectures, what is not, and what is implied in entire obedience to the moral law. 3. In those lectures, and also in the lectures on justification and repentance, it has been shown that nothing is
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

The Ascension
"So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen." MARK 16:19-20 (R.V.) WE have reached the close of the great Gospel of the energies of Jesus, His toils, His manner, His searching gaze, His noble indignation, His love of children, the consuming zeal by virtue of which He was not more truly the
G. A. Chadwick—The Gospel of St. Mark

Cross References
Exodus 19:5
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

Exodus 24:6
Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar.

Deuteronomy 5:2
The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.

Deuteronomy 5:3
It was not with our ancestors that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today.

Jeremiah 31:32
It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD.

Acts 7:36
He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

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