Hebrews 9:16

“For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For where a Testament is, there must also of necessitie bee the death of the Testatour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For where a testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him that made it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because where there is a testament, there has to be the death of the man who made it.
- Basic English Bible

(For where [there is] a testament, the death of the testator must needs come in.
- Darby Bible

For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
- Webster's Bible

For where there is a legal `will,' there must also be a death brought forward in evidence--the death of him who made it.
- Weymouth Bible

For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him who made it.
- World English Bible

For where a testament is, it is nede, that the deth of the testament makere come bitwixe.
- Wycliffe Bible

for where a covenant [is], the death of the covenant-victim to come in is necessary,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 9:16


9:16 I say by means of death; for where such a covenant is, there must be the death of him by whom it is confirmed - Seeing it is by his death that the benefits of it are purchased. It seems beneath the dignity of the apostle to play upon the ambiguity of the Greek word, as the common translation supposes him to do.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 9:16


Heb 9:16 For where a testament [is]. An inheritance has just been spoken of (Heb 9:15). That suggests a last will and testament, one meaning of the Greek word "diatheekee". See PNT "Heb 9:15". There must also of necessity be the death of the testator. A testament has no force until the testator is dead.

Discussion for Hebrews 9:16

  • Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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