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Hebrews 7:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— but he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— but he, because of his continuing for ever, has the priesthood unchangeable.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, he, by reason of his remaining age-abidingly, untransmissible, holdeth, the priesthood.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and he, because of his remaining—to the age, hath the priesthood not transient,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But this man because hee continueth euer, hath an vnchangeable Priesthood.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But because this (one) standeth for ever, his priesthood passeth not away.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— but this man, because he standeth up for ever, his priesthood doth not pass away:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
this 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).
[man], because y1223
[1223] Standard
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.
he 846
{0846} Prime
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.
continueth 3306
{3306} Prime
A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy).
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
ever, 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
{0165} Prime
From the same as G0104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future).
hath 2192
{2192} Prime
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
an unchangeable 531
{0531} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G3845; not passing away, that is, untransferable (perpetual).
priesthood. 2420
{2420} Prime
From G2413; sacredness, that is, (by implication) the priestly office.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 7:24

_ _ he — emphatic; Greek, “Himself.” So in Psalms 110:4, “THOU art a priest”; singular, not priests, “many.”

_ _ continuethGreek, simple verb, not the compound as in Hebrews 7:23. “Remaineth,” namely, in life.

_ _ unchangeableGreek, “hath His priesthood unchangeable”; not passing from one to another, intransmissible. Therefore no earthly so-called apostolic succession of priests are His vicegerents. The Jewish priests had successors in office, because “they could not continue by reason of death.” But this Man, because He liveth ever, hath no successor in office, not even Peter (1 Peter 5:1).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 7:11-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 7:24

He continueth for ever — In life and in his priesthood. That passeth not away — To any successor.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 7:24

But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an (i) unchangeable priesthood.

(i) Which cannot pass away.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Ο δε [Strong's G1161], But he, that is, Christ, because "he continueth ever," hath απαραβατον [Strong's G0531], ιερωσυνην [Strong's G2420], "a priesthood that passeth not away from him."

he continueth:

Hebrews 7:8-25 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. ... 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.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ... Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
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.


1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, [that] shall do according to [that] which [is] in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

an unchangeable priesthood:
or, a priesthood which passeth not from one to another
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