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Hebrews 7:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The [former] priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And they have been many priests, on account of being hindered from continuing by death;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, they, indeed, in greater numbers, have been made priests, because, by reason of death, are they hindered from remaining at hand;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the others indeed were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And they truely were many Priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— There were (moreover) many [high] priests, because they were dying, and were not permitted to remain.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And they as priests were numerous, because they were mortal, and were not permitted to continue:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
they y1526
[1526] Standard
εἰσί
eisi
{i-see'}
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
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).
truly 3303
{3303} Prime
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
were 1526
{1526} Prime
εἰσί
eisi
{i-see'}
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
y1096
[1096] Standard
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.).
z5756
<5756> Grammar
Tense - Second Perfect (See G5782)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 43
many 4119
{4119} Prime
πλειῶν
pleion
{pli'-own}
Comparative of G4183; more in quantity, number, or quality; also (in plural) the major portion.
priests, 2409
{2409} Prime
ἱερεύς
hiereus
{hee-er-yooce'}
From G2413; a priest (literally or figuratively).
because they were not suffered 2967
{2967} Prime
κωλύω
koluo
{ko-loo'-o}
From the base of G2849; to estop, that is, prevent (by word or act).
z5745
<5745> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 105
to continue 3887
{3887} Prime
παραμένω
parameno
{par-am-en'-o}
From G3844 and G3306; to stay near, that is, remain (literally tarry; or figuratively be permanent, persevere).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
by reason of y1223
[1223] Standard
διά
dia
{dee-ah'}
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.
death: 2288
{2288} Prime
θάνατος
thanatos
{than'-at-os}
From G2348; (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 7:23

_ _ Another proof of superiority; the Levitical priests were many, as death caused the need of continually new ones being appointed in succession. Christ dies not, and so hath a priesthood which passes not from one to another.

_ _ wereGreek, “are made.”

_ _ many — one after another; opposed to His “unchangeable (that does not pass from one to another) priesthood” (Hebrews 7:24).

_ _ not suffered to continueGreek,hindered from permanently continuing,” namely, in the priesthood.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 7:11-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 7:23

They were many priests — One after another.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 7:23

(11) And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

(11) Another argument for the same purpose. The Levitical priests (as mortal men) could not be everlasting, but Christ, as he is everlasting, so has he also an everlasting priesthood, making most effectual intercession for them who come to God by him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
were:

Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
1 Chronicles 6:3-14 And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. ... And Azariah begat Seraiah, and Seraiah begat Jehozadak,
Nehemiah 12:10-11 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, ... And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.
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