New Living Translation
There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office.
King James Bible
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
Darby Bible Translation
And they have been many priests, on account of being hindered from continuing by death;
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;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:23 They were many priests - One after another.
LibraryChrist Our High Priest.
"Now, if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung …
Frank G. Allen—Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel
The Great High Priest
Christ a Complete Saviour:
But John tried to talk him out of it. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to me?"
but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him, "The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: 'You are a priest forever.'"
Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.
But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever.
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