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Hebrews 8:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for the second.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For if that first was faultless, place had not been sought for a second.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, if, that first, had been, faultless, not, in that case, for a second, had there been sought, a place.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for if that first were faultless, a place would not have been sought for a second.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For if that former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For if that first [Couenant] had bene faultles, then should no place haue bene sought for the second.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For if the first covenant had been faultless, no place had there been for this second.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For, if the first [covenant] had been faultless, there would have been no place for this second [one].

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
if 1487
{1487} Prime
εἰ
ei
{i}
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
that 1565
{1565} Prime
ἐκεῖνος
ekeinos
{ek-i'-nos}
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
first 4413
{4413} Prime
πρῶτος
protos
{pro'-tos}
Contracted superlative of G4253; foremost (in time, place, order or importance).
[covenant] had been 2258
{2258} Prime
ἦν
en
{ane}
Imperfect of G1510; I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were).
z5713
<5713> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 532
faultless, 273
{0273} Prime
ἄμεμπτος
amemptos
{am'-emp-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G3201; irreproachable.
then should y302
[0302] Standard
ἄν
an
{an}
A primary particle, denoting a supposition, wish, possibility or uncertainty.
no 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
x302
(0302) Complement
ἄν
an
{an}
A primary particle, denoting a supposition, wish, possibility or uncertainty.
place 5117
{5117} Prime
τόπος
topos
{top'-os}
Apparently a primary word; a spot (generally in space, but limited by occupancy; whereas G5561 is a larger but particular locality), that is, location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively condition, opportunity; specifically a scabbard.
have been sought 2212
{2212} Prime
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
z5712
<5712> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 83
for the second. 1208
{1208} Prime
δεύτερος
deuteros
{dyoo'-ter-os}
As the compound of G1417; (ordinal) second (in time, place or rank; also adverbially).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 8:7

_ _ Same reasoning as in Hebrews 7:11.

_ _ faultless — perfect in all its parts, so as not to be found fault with as wanting anything which ought to be there: answering all the purposes of a law. The law in its morality was blameless (Greek,amomos”); but in saving us it was defective, and so not faultless (Greek,amemptos”).

_ _ should no place have been sought — as it has to be now; and as it is sought in the prophecy (Hebrews 8:8-11). The old covenant would have anticipated all man’s wants, so as to give no occasion for seeking something more perfectly adequate. Compare on the phrase “place ... sought,” Hebrews 12:17.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 8:6-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 8:7

For if the first had been faultless — If that dispensation had answered all God's designs and man's wants, if it had not been weak and unprofitable unable to make anything perfect, no place would have been for a second.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 8:7

(7) For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

(7) He proves by the testimony of Jeremiah that there is a second Testament or covenant, and therefore that the first was not perfect.

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had:

Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Galatians 3:21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
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