Hebrews 7:23
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New International Version
Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;


New American Standard Bible
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,


King James Bible
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:


Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office.


International Standard Version
There have been many priests, since each one of them had to stop serving in office when he died.


American Standard Version
And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:


Douay-Rheims Bible
And the others indeed were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue:


Darby Bible Translation
And they have been many priests, on account of being hindered from continuing by death;


Young's Literal Translation
and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;
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Context
Jesus a Priest Like Melchizedek

11If 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? 12For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13For he of whom these things are spoken pertains to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there rises another priest, 16Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17For he testifies, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18For there is truly a cancellation of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw near to God. 20And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said to him, The Lord swore and will not repent, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them. 26For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27Who needs 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. 28For the law makes men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, makes the Son, who is consecrated for ever more.
Cross References
Matthew 3:14
But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of you, and come you to me?


Hebrews 7:21
(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said to him, The Lord swore and will not repent, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)


Hebrews 7:22
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.


Hebrews 7:24
But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood.


Hebrews 7:22
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