Hebrews 9:10
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They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings--external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

King James Bible
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Darby Bible Translation
[consisting] only of meats and drinks and divers washings, ordinances of flesh, imposed until [the] time of setting things right.

World English Bible
being only (with meats and drinks and various washings) fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.

Young's Literal Translation
only in victuals, and drinks, and different baptisms, and fleshly ordinances -- till the time of reformation imposed upon them.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

In meats and drinks, and divers washings - He had already mentioned eucharistic and sacrificial offerings, and nothing properly remained but the different kinds of clean and unclean animals which were used, or forbidden to be used, as articles of food; together with the different kinds or drinks, washings, βαπτισμοις, baptisms, immersions, sprinklings and washings of the body and the clothes, and carnal ordinances, or things which had respect merely to the body, and could have no moral influence upon the soul, unless considered in reference to that of which they were the similitudes, or figures.

Carnal ordinances - Δικαιωματα σαρκος· Rites and ceremonies pertaining merely to the body. The word carnal is not used here, nor scarcely in any part of the New Testament, in that catachrestical or degrading sense in which many preachers and professors of Christianity take the liberty to use it.

Imposed on them until the time of reformation - These rites and ceremonies were enacted, by Divine authority, as proper representations of the Gospel system, which should reform and rectify all things.

The time of reformation, καιρος διορθωσεως, the time of rectifying, signifies the Gospel dispensation, under which every thing is set straight; every thing referred to its proper purpose and end; the ceremonial law fulfilled and abrogated; the moral law exhibited and more strictly enjoined; (see our Lord's sermon upon the mount); and the spiritual nature of God's worship taught, and grace promised to purify the heart: so that, through the power of the eternal Spirit, all that was wrong in the soul is rectified; the affections, passions, and appetites purified; the understanding enlightened; the judgment corrected; the will refined; in a word, all things made new.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

in meats.

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats...

Leviticus 11:2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which you shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.


Deuteronomy 14:3-21 You shall not eat any abominable thing...

Ezekiel 4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul has not been polluted...

Acts 10:13-15 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat...

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:


Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.


Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience...

Exodus 29:4 And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall wash them with water.

Exodus 30:19-21 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat...

Exodus 40:12 And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.

Leviticus 14:8,9 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean...

Leviticus 16:4,24 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches on his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle...

Leviticus 17:15,16 And every soul that eats that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country...

Leviticus 22:6 The soul which has touched any such shall be unclean until even, and shall not eat of the holy things...

Numbers 19:7-21 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp...

Deuteronomy 21:6 And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

Deuteronomy 23:11 But it shall be, when evening comes on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.


Hebrews 9:1 Then truly the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.

Hebrews 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Galatians 4:3,9 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world...

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances...

Colossians 2:20-22 Why if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances...

ordinances. or, rites, or, ceremonies. until.

Hebrews 2:5 For to the angels has he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven...

Good Friday
HEBREWS ix. 13, 14. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? The three collects for Good Friday are very grand and very remarkable. In the first we pray:- 'Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

The Essay which Brings up the Rear in this Very Guilty Volume is from The...
The Essay which brings up the rear in this very guilty volume is from the pen of the "Rev. Benjamin Jowett, M.A., [Fellow and Tutor of Balliol College, and] Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Oxford,"--"a gentleman whose high personal character and general respectability seem to give a weight to his words, which assuredly they do not carry of themselves [143] ." His performance is entitled "On the Interpretation of Scripture:" being, in reality, nothing else but a laborious denial of
John William Burgon—Inspiration and Interpretation

The Holy Spirit in the Passion of Christ.
"Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself."--Heb. ix. 14. Thirdly--Let us now trace the work of the Holy Spirit in the suffering, death, resurrection, and exaltation of Christ (see "First" and "Second," pp. 93 and 97). In the Epistle to the Hebrews the apostle asks: "If the blood of goats and calves and the ashes of the heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ purge your conscience from dead works?" adding the words:
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Christ's Priestly Office
Q-35: HOW DOES CHRIST EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF A PRIEST? A: In his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us. 'Now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.' Heb 9:96. What are the parts of Christ's priestly office? Christ's priestly office has two parts - his satisfaction and intercession. I. His Satisfaction; and this consists of two branches. [1] His active
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Leviticus 11:2
"Say to the Israelites: 'Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat:

Leviticus 11:25
Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

Numbers 6:3
they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins.

Numbers 19:13
If they fail to purify themselves after touching a human corpse, they defile the LORD's tabernacle. They must be cut off from Israel. Because the water of cleansing has not been sprinkled on them, they are unclean; their uncleanness remains on them.

Mark 7:4
When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

Colossians 2:16
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

Hebrews 7:12
For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.

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