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Hebrews 9:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But when Christ appeared [as] a high priest of the good things to come, [He entered] through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But Christ being come high priest of the good things to come, by the better and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, (that is, not of this creation,)
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, when Christ approached, as high-priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tent, not made by hand, that is, not of this creation,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Christ being come, chief priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands—that is, not of this creation—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But Christ, being come an high Priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hand, that is, not of this creation:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But Christ being come an high Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect Tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— BUT the Meshiha who hath come was a High Priest of good things which he wrought out, and hath entered into the great and perfect tabernacle (which was) not made with hands, nor made from these creatures.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But the Messiah who came, was a High Priest of the good things which he wrought: and he entered into the great and perfect tabernacle, which was not made with hands and was not of these created things.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
being come 3854
{3854} Prime
From G3844 and G1096; to become near, that is, approach (have arrived); by implication to appear publicly.
<5637> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 137
an high priest 749
{0749} Prime
From G0746 and G2409; the high priest (literally of the Jews, typically Christ); by extension a chief priest.
of good things 18
{0018} Prime
A primary word; 'good' (in any sense, often as noun).
to come, 3195
{3195} Prime
A strengthened form of G3199 (through the idea of expectation); to intend, that is, be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
by 1223
{1223} Prime
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.
a greater 3187
{3187} Prime
Irregular comparative of G3173; larger (literally or figuratively, specifically in age).
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.
more perfect 5046
{5046} Prime
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness.
tabernacle, 4633
{4633} Prime
Apparently akin to G4632 and G4639; a tent or cloth hut (literally or figuratively).
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
made with hands, 5499
{5499} Prime
From G5495 and a derivative of G4160; manufactured, that is, of human construction.
that is to say, 5123
{5123} Prime
Contraction for G5124 and G2076; that is.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
of this 5026
{5026} Prime
Dative, accusative and genitive case respectively of the feminine singular of G3778; (towards or of) this.
building; 2937
{2937} Prime
From G2936; original formation (properly the act; by implication the thing, literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 9:11

_ _ But — in contrast to “could not make ... perfect” (Hebrews 9:9).

_ _ Christ — The Messiah, of whom all the prophets foretold; not “Jesus” here. From whom the “reformation” (Hebrews 9:10), or rectification, emanates, which frees from the yoke of carnal ordinances, and which is being realized gradually now, and shall be perfectly in the consummation of “the age (world) to come.” “Christ ... High Priest,” exactly answers to Leviticus 4:5, “the priest that is anointed.”

_ _ being come an, etc. — rather, “having come forward (compare Hebrews 10:7, a different Greek word, picturesquely presenting Him before us) as High Priest.” The Levitical priests must therefore retire. Just as on the day of atonement, no work was done, no sacrifice was offered, or priest was allowed to be in the tabernacle while the high priest went into the holiest place to make atonement (Leviticus 16:17, Leviticus 16:29). So not our righteousness, nor any other priest’s sacrifice, but Christ alone atones; and as the high priest before offering incense had on common garments of a priest, but after it wore his holy garments of “glory and beauty” (Exodus 28:2, Exodus 28:40) in entering the holiest, so Christ entered the heavenly holiest in His glorified body.

_ _ good things to comeGreek,the good things to come,” Hebrews 10:1; “better promises,” (Hebrews 8:6; the “eternal inheritance,” Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4; the “things hoped for,” Hebrews 11:1).

_ _ by a ... tabernacle — joined with “He entered.” Translate, “Through the ... tabernacle” (of which we know) [Alford]. As the Jewish high priest passed through the anterior tabernacle into the holiest place, so Christ passed through heaven into the inner abode of the unseen and unapproachable God. Thus, “the tabernacle” here is the heavens through which He passed (see on Hebrews 4:14). But “the tabernacle” is also the glorified body of Christ (see on Hebrews 8:2), “not of this building” (not of the mere natural “creation, but of the spiritual and heavenly, the new creation”), the Head of the mystical body, the Church. Through this glorified body He passes into the heavenly holiest place (Hebrews 9:24), the immaterial, unapproachable presence of God, where He intercedes for us. His glorified body, as the meeting place of God and all Christ’s redeemed, and the angels, answers to the heavens through which He passed, and passes. His body is opposed to the tabernacle, as His blood to the blood of goats, etc.

_ _ greater — as contrasted with the small dimensions of the earthly anterior tabernacle.

_ _ more perfect — effective in giving pardon, peace, sanctification, and access to closest communion with God (compare Hebrews 9:9; Hebrews 10:1).

_ _ not made with hands — but by the Lord Himself (Hebrews 8:2).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 9:8-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 9:11

An high priest of good things to come — Described, Hebrews 9:15. Entered through a greater, that is, a more noble, and perfect tabernacle — Namely, his own body. Not of this creation — Not framed by man, as that tabernacle was.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 9:11

(6) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, (7) by a (h) greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

(6) Now he enters into the declaration of the types, and first of all comparing the Levitical high priest with Christ, (that is to say, the figure with the thing itself) he attributes to Christ the administration of good things to come, that is, everlasting, which those carnal things had respect to. (7) Another comparison of the first corrupt tabernacle with the latter, (that is to say, with the human nature of Christ) which is the true incorruptible temple of God, into which the Son of God entered, as the Levitical high priests into the other which was frail and transitory.

(h) By a more excellent and better.

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Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].
Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me,
Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, [in] the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Matthew 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
1 John 4:2-3 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: ... And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

an high priest:

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
Hebrews 5:5-6 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. ... As he saith also in another [place], Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
Hebrews 7:11-26 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? ... For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Hebrews 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

of good:

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.

by a greater:

Hebrews 9:1-9 Then verily the first [covenant] had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. ... 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 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

not made:

Hebrews 9:23-24 [It was] therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. ... For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
Acts 17:24-25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; ... Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
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Gn 49:10. Ps 40:7. Is 59:20. Mal 3:1. Mt 2:6; 11:3. Jn 1:14; 4:25. Ac 7:48; 17:24. 2Co 5:1. Col 2:11. He 2:17; 3:1; 4:15; 5:5; 7:1, 11, 27; 8:1, 2; 9:1, 23; 10:1. 1Jn 4:2; 5:20. 2Jn 1:7.

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