Hebrews 8:4

“For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if he were on earth, he should not bee a Priest, seeing that there are Priests that offer gifts according to the Law:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according to the law;
- American Standard Version (1901)

If he had been on earth he would not have been a priest at all, because there are other priests who make the offerings ordered by the law;
- Basic English Bible

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,
- Darby Bible

For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, seeing there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
- Webster's Bible

If then He were still on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since here there are already those who present the offerings in obedience to the Law,
- Weymouth 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;
- World English Bible

Therfor if he were on erthe, he were no preest, whanne ther weren that schulden offre yiftis bi the lawe,
- Wycliffe Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 8:4


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.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 8:4


Heb 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest. The law required all the priests who served in the temple to be of the tribe of Levi, but he was not of the tribe of Levi (see notes on Heb 7:13,14), or of the priests appointed to serve at the altar, hence could not serve at an earthly altar, or in any earthly sanctuary. The law was in force as long as he was on earth and that excluded him.

Discussion for Hebrews 8:4

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