Which stood only in foods and drinks, and various washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
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And [in] various washings, and carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation. For this is the righteousness of the flesh. Here he depreciates the sacrifices, showing that they had no efficacy, and that they existed till the time of reformation, that is, they waited for the time that reforms all things.
424. – Having described the things which pertain to the Old Testament so far as the disposition of the tabernacle was concerned, the Apostle now continues with the office of the ministers: first, with those who look to the holies; secondly, with those who look to the holy of holies (v. 7).
425. – To understand the literal meaning of this, it should be noted that, as has been stated above, there was in the forepart of the tabernacle near the center the altar of thyme or of incense, which is the same thing, and the golden candlestick; but at the southern part opposite, the table of proposition. Every day in the morning and in the evening the priest entered the holies for two reasons: to dress the lamps and to renew the incense, in order that light and all good odor might be continually present in the holies. He says, therefore: Now these preparations, namely, which pertain to the appearance of the tabernacle, having been thus made, the priests go continually into the outer tent [first...