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;
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George Leo Haydock
Which is a parable of the time then present; or, unto the present time, as in the Greek. By the present time, according to the common exposition, is not meant the time of the new law, as some would have it, but the time of the former law; so that the sense is, which parable or type was a representation of things as they were to be performed, and to last during the time of the law, which was before present.
According to which. Some understand, according to which time; others, according to which parable, type, or typical worship of the former law, gifts and sacrifices are (i.e. were, and are) still offered by those who adhere to the Jewish law and ceremonies, which cannot of themselves make such worshippers perfect in conscience; i.e. can never give true interior sanctification, being only in meats, and drinks, and baptisms These words must not be referred to gifts and sacrifices, but to the worshipper; (literally, server) and the sense is, that to the priests, who worshipped and served...
Which (he says) was established as a figure for the time then present. What does he mean by the time present? That before the coming of Christ: For after the coming of Christ, it is no longer a time present: For how [could it be], having arrived, and being ended?
There is too something else which he indicates, when he says this, which [was] a figure for the time then present, that is, became the Type. In which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience. You see now what is [the meaning of] The Law made nothing perfect, Hebrews 7:19, and If that first [covenant] had been faultless. Hebrews 8:7 How? As pertaining to the conscience. For the sacrifices did not put away the defilement from the soul, but still were concerned with the body: after the law of a carnal commandment. Hebrews 7:16 For certainly they could not put away adultery, nor murder, nor sacrilege. Do you see? You have eaten this, You have n...