Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Hebrews 10:6

In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure .
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Atonement;   Law;   Offerings;   Quotations and Allusions;   Types;   The Topic Concordance - Desire;   Jesus Christ;   Law;   Pleasure;   Reconciliation;   Sacrifice;   Sanctification;   Will of God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Atonement, the;   Burnt Offering, the;   Conscience;   Sacrifices;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Law;   Testament;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jesus christ;   Quotations;   Trinity;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Law;   Sanctification;   Sheol;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Atonement;   Covenant;   Peace;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Incarnation;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Awl;   Burnt Offering;   Christianity;   Hebrews, the Epistle to the;   Lord's Supper;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Hebrews;   Reconcilation;   Scapegoat;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Sanctification, Sanctify;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Burnt-Offering ;   Complacency;   Day of Atonement ;   Hebrews Epistle to the;   Mediator;   Merit;   Psalms (2);   Septuagint;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Atonement, Day of;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Christ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Law;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Backsliding;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Priesthood, the;   Law of Moses, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Accommodation;   For;   Lord's Supper (Eucharist);   Pleasure;   Priesthood in the New Testament;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for November 26;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Thou hast had no pleasure - Thou couldst never be pleased with the victims under the law; thou couldst never consider them as atonements for sin; as they could never satisfy thy justice, nor make thy law honorable.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/hebrews-10.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure - This is not quoted literally from the Psalm, but the sense is retained. The reading there is, “burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required.” The quotation by the apostle is taken from the Septuagint, with the change of a single word, which does not materially affect the sense - the word ὀυκ ἐυδόκησας ouk eudokēsas- “ouk eudokesas” - “thou hast no pleasure,” instead of ὀυκ ἠθέλησας ouk ēthelēsas- “ouk ethelesas” - “thou dost not will.” The idea is, that God had no pleasure in them as compared with obedience. He preferred the latter, and they could not be made to come in the place of it, or to answer the same purpose. When they were performed with a pure heart, he was doubtless pleased with the offering. As used here in reference to the Messiah, the meaning is, that they would not be what was required of “him.” Such offerings would not answer the end for which he was sent into the world, for that end was to be accomplished only by his being “obedient unto death.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/hebrews-10.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin,.... Which were the principal kinds of offerings under the law:

thou hast had no pleasure; not only in comparison of moral duties, or spiritual sacrifices, such as those of praise and thanksgiving, Psalm 69:30 but so as to accept of the offerers for the sake of them, and smell a sweet savour in them; for these could not satisfy his justice, appease his anger, or expiate sin; and when they were in full force, and offered in the most agreeable manner, they were no otherwise well pleasing to God, than as they were types of, and had respect unto the sacrifice of his Son. In the Hebrew text it is, "thou didst not require, or ask for"; for them, when the time was up that Christ should come into the world.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/hebrews-10.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

burnt offeringsGreek,whole burnt offerings.”

thou hast had no pleasure — as if these could in themselves atone for sin: God had pleasure in (Greek, “approved,” or “was well pleased with”) them, in so far as they were an act of obedience to His positive command under the Old Testament, but not as having an intrinsic efficacy such as Christ‘s sacrifice had. Contrast Matthew 3:17.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/hebrews-10.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Thou hadst no pleasure (ουκ ευδοκησαςouk eudokēsas). First aorist active indicative of ευδοκεωeudokeō common for God‘s good pleasure (Matthew 3:17). God took no pleasure in the animal offering (τυσιανthusian), the meal-offering (προσπορανprosphoran), the burnt-offering (ολοκαυτωματαholokautōmata), the sin-offering (περι αμαρτιαςperi hamartias concerning sin).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/hebrews-10.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin ( ὁλοκαυτώματα καὶ περὶ ἁμαρτίας )

The burnt-offering and the sin-offering.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/hebrews-10.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Ver. 6. Thou hast had no pleasure] viz. As in the principal service and satisfaction for sin.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/hebrews-10.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

6.] whole burnt-offerings ( ὁλοκαύτωμα, a subst. from the Alexandrine form ὁλοκαυτόω (- τέω. in Xenoph. Cyr. viii. 3. 11: Anab. vii. 8. 3 al.), is the ordinary LXX rendering for the Heb. עוֹלָה, an offering of a whole animal to be burnt on the altar. See Winer, Realw. art. Brandopfer) and (sacrifices) for sin (in the LXX also we have the same ellipsis: see reff.) thou didst not approve (it is probable that our Writer had εὐδοκήσας in his ms. of the LXX. He repeats it again below; and Cyr.-alex., even where he expressly cites the Psalm, has it. Possibly it may have come in here from the similarity to Psalms 50:16 (18), ὁλοκαυτώματα οὐκ εὐδοκήσεις: it is also possible, as Bl. suggests, that our Writer may have used the word, as a stronger one than ᾔτησας or ἐζήτησας, with reference to that well-known passage. The construction of εὐδοκέω with an accus. is not unfrequent in the LXX and Hellenistic Greek: see reff. εὐδοκεῖν τινι or ἔν τινι is more usual: Polyb. uses both):

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/hebrews-10.html. 1863-1878.

Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Hebrews 10:6. In burnt-offerings and sin-offerings hadst Thou no pleasure.

LXX. Cod. Vatic.: ὁλοκαύτωμαοὐκ ᾒτησας; Cod. Alex.: ὁλοκαυτώματαοὐκ ἐζήτησας.

καὶ περὶ ἁμαρτίας] Oecumenius: τουτέστι προσφορὰν περὶ ἁμαρτίας. Elsewhere also occasionally (Leviticus 7:37; Numbers 8:8, al.) the LXX. denote the sin-offering by the mere περὶ ἁμαρτίας, in that the additional notion of sacrifice is naturally yielded by the context. Stein’s expedient for avoiding all supplementing of the idea, in translating καί by “also” (“Thou hast also no pleasure in offerings for sin”), is grammatically inadmissible.

εὐδοκεῖν] with the accusative also not rare elsewhere in Hellenistic Greek. Comp. LXX. Genesis 33:10; Leviticus 26:34; Leviticus 26:41; Psalms 51:18-19, al. Besides this in the Hellenistic εὐδοκεῖν ἐν (Hebrews 10:38), with Greek writers εὐδοκεῖν τινι.

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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/hebrews-10.html. 1832.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Two other sorts of sacrifices are added to the former, as whole burnt-offerings, which were all devoured by fire on God’s altar, and no part of them came to the priests, Leviticus 1:3,9,10,13,14,17; and peace-offerings, which were not totally consumed, but part of them was the priests’ portion, Exodus 29:27,28. These four sorts of sacrifices comprehend all the Aaronical offerings for expiation. God did not require or desire any of these for themselves, or for the perfecting of sinners; he did not as to such an end approve them, or take any pleasure in them.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

burnt offerings = whole burnt offerings. Greek. holokautoma. Here, Hebrews 10:8, and Mark 12:33.

for = concerning. Greek. peri. App-104.

hast, &c. = didst not take pleasure.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Burnt offerings, [ holokautoomata (Greek #3646)] - 'whole burnt offerings.'

Thou hast had no pleasure - God had pleasure in [ eudokeesas (Greek #2106), 'was well pleased with'] them, in so far as they were in obedience to his positive Old Testament command, but not as having intrinsic efficacy to atone for sin, such as Christ's sacrifice had. Contrast Matthew 3:17.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/hebrews-10.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) Burnt offerings.—Better, whole burnt offerings. These (which were the symbol of complete consecration) are not mentioned in this Epistle, except in this verse and Hebrews 10:8.

Thou hast had no pleasure.—Better (for conformity with the preceding clauses), Thou hadst no pleasure.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
burnt
4; Leviticus 1:1-6
thou
Psalms 147:11; Malachi 1:10; Matthew 3:17; Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 4:18
Reciprocal: Exodus 29:18 - a burnt offering;  Leviticus 1:17 - it is;  Leviticus 5:7 - one;  Psalm 51:16 - delightest;  Ecclesiastes 5:4 - for;  Isaiah 53:10 - when thou shalt make his soul;  John 10:18 - This;  Hebrews 7:27 - this

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/hebrews-10.html.

E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

This verse represents Christ as explaining why the plan was needed referred to in the preceding verse, namely, that God no longer was pleased with burnt offerings offered under the law.

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Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Various sacrifices were enjoined by the law, two of which, burnt-offerings and sin-offerings, are specified by the Apostle. In neither of these had God any pleasure as an atonement for sin. Hebrews, indeed, approved of their being offered in obedience to His command, and severely punished their being neglected; but, for the removal of guilt, they were utterly worthless.

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Haldane, Robert. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hal/hebrews-10.html. 1835.

The Bible Study New Testament

6. You are not pleased. These were intended to be temporary. In time the people became superstitious toward them.

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:6". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/hebrews-10.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.