“Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.”
King James Version (KJV)
9:10 They could not so perfect him, with all their train of precepts relating to meats and drinks, and carnal, gross, external ordinances; and were therefore imposed only till the time of reformation - Till Christ came.
Heb 9:10 [Which stood] only . . . carnal ordinances. The Revised Version is much clearer: "[Being] only (with meats and drinks and divers washings) carnal ordinances" Divers washings. "Baptisms" in the Greek. Immersions of the whole body were often required in the Jewish service. For examples see Ex 29:4; Le 16:4 17:15 Nu 19:7. These washings were all carnal ordinances for ceremonial purification. Carnal ordinances. These rites pertained to the flesh, were outward, did not renew the spirit, and were temporal, imposed until the time of reformation. That is, until the new covenant was ushered in.