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Hebrews 7:16

    Hebrews 7:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    That is to say, not made by a law based on the flesh, but by the power of a life without end:

    Webster's Revision

    who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

    World English Bible

    who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

    Definitions for Hebrews 7:16

    Carnal - Of the flesh; denoting human nature.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 7:16

    Who is made - Appointed to this high office by God himself, not succeeding one that was disabled or dead, according to that law or ordinance directed to weak and perishing men, who could not continue by reason of death.

    This is probably all that the apostle intends by the words carnal commandment, εντολης σαρκικης· for carnal does not always mean sinful or corrupt, but feeble, frail, or what may be said of or concerning man in his present dying condition.

    But after the power of an endless life - Not dying, or ceasing through weakness to be a priest; but properly immortal himself, and having the power to confer life and immortality on others. He ever lives, as Priest, to make intercession for men; and they who believe on him shall never perish, but have everlasting life.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 7:16

    Who is made - That is, the other priest is made, to wit, the Messiah. He was made a priest by a special law.

    Not after the law of a carnal commandment - Not according to the Law of a commandment pertaining to the flesh. The word "carnal" means "fleshly;" and the idea is, that the Law under which the priests of the old dispensation were made was external, rather than spiritual; it related more to outward observances than to the keeping of the heart. That this was the nature of the Mosaic ritual in the main, it was impossible to doubt, and the apostle proceeds to argue from this undeniable truth.

    But after the power of an endless life - By an authority of endless duration. That is, it was not concerned mainly with outward observances, and did not pass over from one to another by death, but was unchanging in its character, and spiritual in its nature. It was enduring and perpetual as a priesthood, and was thus far exalted above the service performed by the priests under the former dispensation.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 7:16

    7:16 Who is made - A priest. Not after the law of a carnal commandment - Not according to the Mosaic law, which consisted chiefly of commandments that were carnal, compared to the spirituality of the gospel. But after the power of an endless life - Which he has in himself, as the eternal Son of God.