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Hebrews 7:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— who has become [such] not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— who has been constituted not according to law of fleshly commandment, but according to power of indissoluble life.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Who, not according to a law of commandment dealing with the flesh, hath arisen, but according to the power of an indissoluble life;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— who came not according to the law of a fleshly command, but according to the power of an endless life,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who is made, not according to the law of a law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an indissoluble life.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Who is made not after the Law of a carnall commandement, but after the power of an endles life.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— who was made not by the law of bodily commandments, but in the power of a life which is indissoluble.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— who was not according to the law of corporeal injunctions, but according to the energy of an indissoluble life.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Who 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
is made, 1096
{1096} Prime
γίνομαι
ginomai
{ghin'-om-ahee}
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
z5754
<5754> Grammar
Tense - Second Perfect (See G5782)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 97
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
after 2596
{2596} Prime
κατά
kata
{kat-ah'}
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
the law 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
of a carnal 4559
{4559} Prime
σαρκικός
sarkikos
{sar-kee-kos'}
From G4561; pertaining to flesh, that is, (by extension) bodily, temporal, or (by implication) animal, unregenerate.
commandment, 1785
{1785} Prime
ἐντολή
entole
{en-tol-ay'}
From G1781; injunction, that is, an authoritative prescription.
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
after 2596
{2596} Prime
κατά
kata
{kat-ah'}
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
the power 1411
{1411} Prime
δύναμις
dunamis
{doo'-nam-is}
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself).
of an endless 179
{0179} Prime
ἀκατάλυτος
akatalutos
{ak-at-al'-oo-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G2647; indissoluble, that is, (figuratively) permanent.
life. 2222
{2222} Prime
ζωή
zoe
{dzo-ay'}
From G2198; life (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 7:16

_ _ carnal ... endless — mutually contrasted. As “form” and “power” are opposed, 2 Timothy 3:5; so here “the law” and “power,” compare Romans 8:3, “The law was weak through the flesh”; and Hebrews 7:18, “weakness.” “The law” is here not the law in general, but the statute as to the priesthood. “Carnal,” as being only outward and temporary, is contrasted with “endless,” or, as Greek, “indissoluble.” Commandments is contrasted with “life.” The law can give a commandment, but it cannot give life (Hebrews 7:19). But our High Priest’s inherent “power,” now in heaven, has in Him “life for ever”; Hebrews 9:14, “through the eternal Spirit”; Hebrews 7:25, “able ... ever liveth” (John 5:26). It is in the power of His resurrection life, not of His earthly life, that Christ officiates as a Priest.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 7:11-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 7:16

Who is made — A priest. Not after the law of a carnal commandment — Not according to the Mosaic law, which consisted chiefly of commandments that were carnal, compared to the spirituality of the gospel. But after the power of an endless life — Which he has in himself, as the eternal Son of God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 7:16

(8) Who is made, not after the (g) law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

(8) He proves the diversity and excellency of the institution of Melchizedek's priesthood, by this that the priesthood of the law rested on an outward and bodily anointing: but the sacrifice of Melchizedek is set out to be everlasting and more spiritual.

(g) Not after the ordination, which commands frail ad temporary things, as was done in Aaron's consecration, and all of that whole priesthood.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the law:

Hebrews 9:9-10 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; ... [Which stood] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until the time of reformation.
Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

the power:

Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
Hebrews 7:24-25 But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. ... Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
Revelation 1:18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
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