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Hebrews 7:19

    Hebrews 7:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw near to God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    (Because the law made nothing complete), and in its place there is a better hope, through which we come near to God.

    Webster's Revision

    (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God.

    World English Bible

    (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God.

    Definitions for Hebrews 7:19

    Nigh - Near.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 7:19

    For the law made nothing perfect - It completed nothing; it was only the outline of a great plan, the shadow of a glorious substance; see on Hebrews 7:11 (note). It neither pardoned sin, nor purified the heart, nor gave strength to obey the moral precepts. Ουδεν, nothing, is put here for ουδενα, no person.

    But the bringing in of a better hope - The original is very emphatic, επεισαγωγη, the superintroduction, or the after introduction; and this seems to be put in opposition to the προαγουσα εντολη, the preceding commandment, or former Levitical law, of Hebrews 7:18. This went before to prepare the way of the Lord; to show the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and the strict justice of God. The better hope, which referred not to earthly but to spiritual good, not to temporal but eternal felicity, founded on the priesthood and atonement of Christ, was afterwards introduced for the purpose of doing what the law could not do, and giving privileges and advantages which the law would not afford. One of these privileges immediately follows: -

    By the which we draw nigh unto God - This is a sacerdotal phrase: the high priest alone could approach to the Divine presence in the holy of holies; but not without the blood of the sacrifice, and that only once in the year. But through Christ, as our high priest, all believers in him have an entrance to the holiest by his blood; and through him perform acceptable service to God. The better hope means, in this place, Jesus Christ, who is the author and object of the hope of eternal life, which all his genuine followers possess. He is called our hope, 1 Timothy 1:1; Colossians 1:27.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 7:19

    For the law made nothing perfect - The Levitical, ceremonial law. It did not produce a perfect state; it did not do what was desirable to be done for a sinner; see the note on Hebrews 7:11. That Law, as such, did not reconcile man to God; it did not make an atonement: it did not put away guilt; in one word, "it did not restore things to the condition in which they were before the Law was broken and man became a sinner." If man were saved under that system - as many undoubtedly were - it was not in virtue of any intrinsic efficacy which it possessed, but in virtue of that great sacrifice which it typified.

    But the bringing in of a better hope did - Margin, "But it was." The correct rendering is, probably, "but there is the bringing in of a better hope, by which we have access to God." The Law could not effect this. It left the conscience guilty, and sin unexpiated. But there is now the introduction of a better system by which we can approach a reconciled God. The "better hope" here refers to the more sure and certain expectation of heaven introduced by the gospel. There is a better foundation for hope; a more certain way of obtaining the divine favor than the Law could furnish.

    By the which - By which better hope; that is, by means of the ground of hope furnished by the gospel, to wit, that God is now reconciled. and that we can approach him with the assurance that he is ready to save us.

    We draw nigh unto God - We have access to him; notes, Romans 5:1-2.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 7:19

    7:19 For the law - Taken by itself, separate from the gospel. Made nothing perfect - Could not perfect its votaries, either in faith or love, in happiness or holiness. But the bringing in of a better hope - Of the gospel dispensation, which gives us a better ground of confidence, does. By which we draw nigh to God - Yea, so nigh as to be one spirit with him. And this is true perfection.