New Living Translation
If he were here on earth, he would not even be a priest, since there already are priests who offer the gifts required by the law.
King James Bible
For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Darby Bible Translation
If then indeed he were upon earth, he would not even be a priest, there being those who offer the gifts according to the law,
World English Bible
For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;
Young's Literal Translation
for if, indeed, he were upon earth, he would not be a priest -- (there being the priests who are offering according to the law, the gifts,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:4 But if he were on earth - If his priesthood terminated here. He could not be a priest - At all, consistently with the Jewish institutions. There being other priests - To whom alone this office is allotted.
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"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 …
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Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins.
Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people's sins.
And since every high priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices, our High Priest must make an offering, too.
This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.
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