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Hebrews 10:4

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For blood of bulls and goats [is] incapable of taking away sins.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to be taking away sins.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats sin should be taken away.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— For it is vnpossible that the blood of bulles and goates should take away sinnes.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For it is not possible that the blood of Bulles and of Goats, should take away sinnes.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats could take away sins.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and of goats to purify (from) sins.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For the blood of bulls and of goats cannot purge away sins.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
[it is] not possible 102
{0102} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G1415; unable, that is, weak (literally or figuratively); passively impossible.
that the blood 129
{0129} Prime
Of uncertain derivation; blood, literally (of men or animals), figuratively (the juice of grapes) or specifically (the atoning blood of Christ); by implication bloodshed, also kindred.
of bulls 5022
{5022} Prime
Apparently a primary word (compare [H8450], 'steer'); a bullock.
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.
of goats 5131
{5131} Prime
From the base of G5176; a he goat (as a gnawer).
should take away 851
{0851} Prime
From G0575 and G0138; to remove (literally or figuratively).
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
sins. 266
{0266} Prime
From G0264; sin (properly abstract).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 10:4

_ _ For, etc. — reason why, necessarily, there is a continually recurring “remembrance of sins” in the legal sacrifices (Hebrews 10:3). Typically, “the blood of bulls,” etc., sacrificed, had power; but it was only in virtue of the power of the one real antitypical sacrifice of Christ; they had no power in themselves; they were not the instrument of perfect vicarious atonement, but an exhibition of the need of it, suggesting to the faithful Israelite the sure hope of coming redemption, according to God’s promise.

_ _ take away — “take off.” The Greek, Hebrews 10:11, is stronger, explaining the weaker word here, “take away utterly.” The blood of beasts could not take away the sin of man. A MAN must do that (see on Hebrews 9:12-14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 10:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 10:4

It is impossible the blood of goats should take away sins — Either the guilt or the power of them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Hebrews 10:8 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;
Hebrews 9:9 Which [was] a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Psalms 50:8-12 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, [to have been] continually before me. ... If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world [is] mine, and the fulness thereof.
Psalms 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. ... And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Isaiah 66:3 He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings [are] not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Jeremiah 7:21-22 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. ... For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Amos 5:21-22 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. ... Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Micah 6:6-8 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, [and] bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? ... He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

There were essential defects in these sacrifices. 1st - They were not of the same nature with those who sinned. 2nd - They were not of sufficient value to make satisfaction for the affronts done to the justice and government of God. 3rd - The beasts offered up under the law could not consent to put themselves in the sinner's room and place. The atoning sacrifice must be one capable of consenting, and must voluntarily substitute himself in the sinner's stead: Christ did so.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive [us] graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Romans 11:27 For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
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Ps 50:8; 51:16. Is 1:11; 66:3. Jr 6:20; 7:21. Ho 6:6; 14:2. Am 5:21. Mi 6:6. Mk 12:33. Jn 1:29. Ro 11:27. He 9:9, 13; 10:8, 11. 1Jn 3:5.

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