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Hebrews 10:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his flesh;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— the new and living way which he has dedicated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Which entrance he hath consecrated for us, as a way recent and living, through the veil, that is, his flesh,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— which way he did initiate for us—new and living, through the vail, that is, his flesh—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— By a new and liuing way which hee hath consecrated for vs, through the vaile, that is to say, His flesh:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— which he hath now made new to us through the veil, which is his flesh;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— which he hath now consecrated for us, through the veil, that is his flesh.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
By a new 4372
{4372} Prime
From G4253 and a derivative of G4969; previously (recently) slain (fresh), that is, (figuratively) lately made.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
living 2198
{2198} Prime
A primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
way, 3598
{3598} Prime
Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively a mode or means.
which 3739
{3739} Prime
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
he hath consecrated 1457
{1457} Prime
From G1456; to renew, that is, inaugurate.
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
for us, y2254
[2254] Standard
Dative plural of G1473; to (or for, with, by) us.
(2554) Complement
From G2555; to be a bad doer, that is, (objectively) to injure, or (generally) to sin.
through 1223
{1223} Prime
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
veil, 2665
{2665} Prime
From a compound of G2596 and a congener of G4072; something spread thoroughly, that is, (specifically) the door screen (to the Most Holy Place) in the Jewish Temple.
that is to say, 5123
{5123} Prime
Contraction for G5124 and G2076; that is.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
his y846
[0846] Standard
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
(0848) Complement
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
flesh; 4561
{4561} Prime
Probably from the base of G4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), that is, (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred, or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 10:20

_ _ which, etc. — The antecedent in the Greek is “the entering”; not as English Version, “way.” Translate, “which (entering) He has consecrated (not as though it were already existing, but has been the first to open, INAUGURATED as a new thing; see on Hebrews 9:18, where the Greek is the same) for us (as) a new (Greek, ‘recent’; recently opened, Romans 16:25, Romans 16:26) and living way” (not like the lifeless way through the law offering of the blood of dead victims, but real, vital, and of perpetual efficacy, because the living and life-giving Savior is that way. It is a living hope that we have, producing not dead, but living, works). Christ, the first-fruits of our nature, has ascended, and the rest is sanctified thereby. “Christ’s ascension is our promotion; and whither the glory of the Head hath preceded, thither the hope of the body, too, is called” [Leo].

_ _ the veil — As the veil had to be passed through in order to enter the holiest place, so the weak, human suffering flesh (Hebrews 5:7) of Christ’s humanity (which veiled His God head) had to be passed through by Him in entering the heavenly holiest place for us; in putting off His rent flesh, the temple veil, its type, was simultaneously rent from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51). Not His body, but His weak suffering flesh, was the veil; His body was the temple (John 2:19).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 10:19-39.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 10:20

By a living way — The way of faith, whereby we live indeed. Which he hath consecrated — Prepared, dedicated, and established for us. Through the veil, that is, his flesh — As by rending the veil in the temple, the holy of holies became visible and accessible; so by wounding the body of Christ, the God of heaven was manifested, and the way to heaven opened.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 10:20

By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his (h) flesh;

(h) So Christ's flesh shows us the Godhead as if it were under a veil, For otherwise we could not stand the brightness of it.

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a new:

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

or, new made


Hebrews 6:19 Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Hebrews 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
Exodus 26:31-37 And thou shalt make a vail [of] blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: ... And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars [of] shittim [wood], and overlay them with gold, [and] their hooks [shall be of] gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.
Exodus 36:35-38 And he made a vail [of] blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: [with] cherubims made he it of cunning work. ... And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets [were of] brass.
Leviticus 16:2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy [place] within the vail before the mercy seat, which [is] upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
Leviticus 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that [is] for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:
Leviticus 21:23 Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Luke 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.


John 6:51-56 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. ... He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
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Ex 26:31; 36:35. Lv 16:2, 15; 21:23. Mt 27:51. Mk 15:38. Lk 23:45. Jn 6:51; 10:7, 9; 14:6. Ep 2:15. 1Ti 3:16. He 6:19; 9:3. 1P 3:18. 1Jn 4:2. 2Jn 1:7.

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