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Hebrews 10:8

After saying above, " Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the Law),
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Atonement;   Jesus Continued;   Law;   Offerings;   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;   Sacrifice;   Testament;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jesus christ;   Quotations;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Desire;   Law;   Offerings and Sacrifices;   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;   Sacrifice;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Hebrews;   Obedience;   Reconcilation;   Scapegoat;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Atonement;   Sanctification, Sanctify;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Burnt-Offering ;   Complacency;   Day of Atonement ;   Hebrews Epistle to the;   Merit;   Obedience (2);   Psalms (2);   Sacrifice;   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 - Sacrifice;  
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;  
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Every Day Light - Devotion for November 26;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Above when he said - That is, the Messiah. The word “above” refers here to the former part of the quotation. That is, “having in the former part of what was quoted said that God did not require sacrifices, in the latter part he says that he came to do the will of God in the place of them.”

Sacrifice and offering, and burnt-offerings … - These words are not all used in the Psalm from which the apostle quotes, but the idea is, that the specification there included all kinds of offerings. The apostle dwells upon it because it was important to show that the same remark applied to all the sacrifices which could be offered by man. When the Redeemer made the observation about the inefficacy of sacrifices, he meant that there was none of them which would be sufficient to take away sin.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (they which are offered according to the law).

Here the author quotes the sense of the quotation from Psalms 40:6-8, and for notes on these words see under Hebrews 10:5-7. As is sometimes true in the Scriptures, what is written as a parenthesis turns out to be of surpassing importance, as for example, the epic parenthesis of John 10:35, "And the Scriptures cannot be broken." So it is here. The parenthetical statement is for the purpose of alerting the reader to the fact that it is not merely some special kind of sacrifice, nor all of them together, which falls under the abrogation about to be mentioned; but rather it is the law itself, the whole and entire law, which was but a shadow anyway, that must fall under the sweeping annulment of Christ who repealed the whole ancient constitution in order to found another.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/hebrews-10.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Above when he said,.... In the afore cited place, Psalm 40:7

Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings, and offering for sin thou wouldst not, neither hadst pleasure therein; this is a recapitulation of what is before said; and all kind of sacrifices are mentioned, to show that they are all imperfect, and insufficient, and are abolished; and the abrogation of them is expressed in the strongest terms, as that God would not have them, and that he took no pleasure in them:

which are offered by the law; according as that directs and enjoins: this clause is added, to distinguish these sacrifices from spiritual ones, under the Gospel dispensation, and which are well pleasing to God; and to prevent an objection against the abolition of them, taken from hence, that they are according to the law; and yet, notwithstanding this, God will not have them, nor accept of them.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "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

he — Christ.

Sacrifice, etc. — The oldest manuscripts read, “Sacrifices and offerings” (plural). This verse combines the two clauses previously quoted distinctly, Hebrews 10:5, Hebrews 10:6, in contrast to the sacrifice of Christ with which God was well pleased.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "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

Saying above (ανωτερον λεγωνanōteron legōn). Christ speaking as in Hebrews 10:5. “Higher up” (ανωτερονanōteron comparative of ανωanō up) refers to Hebrews 10:5, Hebrews 10:6 which are quoted again.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "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

Above when he said ( ἀνώτερον λέγων )

Lit. saying above. Introducing a partial repetition of the quotation.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "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.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Above when he said, Sacrifice thou hast not chosen — That is, when the Psalmist pronounced those words in his name.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/hebrews-10.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Ver. 8. Which are offered by the law] To the great cost and charge of the offerers. This we are freed from, and are required no more than to cover God’s altar with the calves of our lips.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/hebrews-10.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Hebrews 10:8. By the law; That is, According to the law.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/hebrews-10.html. 1801-1803.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

8.] The Writer now proceeds to expound the prophecy; and in so doing, cites it again, but in a freer form, and one accommodated to the explanation which he gives. Saying (as he does) above (the present participle is used, not εἰπών, because it is not the temporal sequence of the sayings, so much as their logical coherence, that is in the Writer’s thoughts. Similarly we say, “Holding as I do that, &c., I have ever maintained, &c.” The speaker is our Lord: cf. above, Hebrews 10:5, εἰσερχόμενος εἰς τὸν κόσμον λέγει), that (mere particle of recitation: cf. reff.) sacrifices and offerings, and whole burnt-offerings, and sacrifices concerning sin thou wouldest not, nor yet didst approve (observe that the two distinct clauses of the previous citation are now combined, for the sake of throwing into contrast the rejection of legal sacrifices and the acceptable self-sacrifice of the Son of God), of such sort as ( αἵτινες does not, like the simple relative αἵ, identify, but classifies, the antecedent) are (habitually) offered according to (in pursuance of the commands of) the (whether the article is or is not retained, the English rendering will be the same; the νόμος according to which they were offered being not any general one, but the particular ordinance of Moses. If we say ‘according to law,’ we mean the same, but transfer ourselves to the standing-point of a Jew, with whom ‘the law’ was ‘law’) law,—

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/hebrews-10.html. 1863-1878.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

In this verse the apostle repeats the whole testimony, produced out of the Psalm, only with a specification in a parenthesis,

which are offered by the law, viz. such sacrifices, against which the apostle argueth, which could not purge away sin, nor procure righteousness, nor make no more conscience of sins. He observes from the Psalm, that the will of God was plainly signified by his Spirit to David under the law, about the nature, state, and design of his institution of sacrifices, that they were typical of, and leading to, a better sacrifice than themselves; and that for their own sake only they were no way acceptable to God, and so rejected by him.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Above, when he said; that is, after he had first said, "Sacrifice and offering," etc.-"then said he," etc., verse Hebrews 10:9.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin were not your will, neither did you have pleasure in them (the which are offered according to the law),’

‘Saying above.’ In Hebrews 10:5-6.

‘Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin were not your will, neither did you have pleasure in them.’ For in the final analysis it was not a whole range of animal sacrifices that God wanted. They may have been many and varied, but they were a concession to human weakness, to meeting His people as they were, shaped by their environment. They were not His final will. Nor did He find any satisfaction in them when they were not offered from fully obedient hearts (this refers, the writer says, to those sacrifices made in accordance with ‘law’ - with legal requirements). What He required was obedience to His will, and what was therefore really necessary because of His holiness and purity, was an obedient and willing sacrifice, a sacrifice made by One Who knew all the truth and was fully submissive to His will at whatever cost.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/hebrews-10.html. 2013.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Hebrews 10:8. The writer now comments on the quotation: Saying above as he (i.e Christ, see Hebrews 10:5) does say, etc. Which is more than the relative—it describes quality, and makes this remark apply to all offered under the Law—then and now (present tense).

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/hebrews-10.html. 1879-90.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Sacrifice, offering. The Greek words are in plural

by. See Hebrews 9:19.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/hebrews-10.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

He - Christ.

Sacrifice ... 'Aleph (') A C Delta f, Vulgate, read 'sacrifices and offerings' (plural). This verse combines the two clauses quoted distinctly, Hebrews 10:5-6, in contrast to Christ's sacrifice with which God was well pleased.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "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

(8) Above when he said.—Better, Whereas he saith above; or, as we might express it, “Saying at the outset,” “Setting out with saying.” In the following words the best MSS. have the plural, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and (sacrifices) for sin.” The change from singular to plural is in harmony with the thought of Hebrews 10:1-4, the repetition of sacrifices.

Which are offered by the law.—Rather, such as are offered according to law. The change from “the law” to “law” seems intentional, as if the writer had in thought the contrast between any external law of ritual and a principle of inward obedience.

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

This verse is mostly an explanation or repetition of the preceding ones, to the effect that the displeasure of God was concerning the sacrifices of the law. Of course it should be understood that such a condition of mind came after those sacrifices had served the divine purposes.

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

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law.

Above when he said.—The Apostle here resumes his exposition of the40th Psalm, recapitulating what he had already quoted in proof of the insufficiency of the legal sacrifices, of which, as he had said of the priesthood, "there was a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof." Chap.

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Hebrews 10:8. The significance of the quotation is now explained. “He takes the first away, that he may establish the second.” He declares the incompetence of the O.T. sacrifices to satisfy the will of God, in order that he may make room for that sacrifice which is permanently to satisfy God. , “Higher up,” here meaning “in the former part of the quotation,” corresponding to and contrasted with in Hebrews 10:9. , i.e., Christ, the subject of and . This is necessitated by in Hebrews 10:3. Yet it is not Christ directly, but the mind of Christ uttered by God in Scripture. , perfect, as expressing that which permanently fulfils the will of God. is used in classic Greek of the destruction or abolition or repeal of laws, governments, customs, etc.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/hebrews-10.html. 1897-1910.

The Bible Study New Testament

8. First he said. “The Only Son, who came into the world to disclose The Father to mankind (John 1:18;Hebrews 1:2), said that God was not pleased with the ritual worship of the Law.” Even though. “Yes, God did command them to be offered. But they were all to be terminated and superseded when the Messiah came into the world and offered himself as the true sacrifice.”

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:8". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/hebrews-10.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.