Hebrews 10:15


King James Version (KJV)

Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

American King James Version (AKJV)

Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

American Standard Version (ASV)

And the Holy Spirit also beareth witness to us; for after he hath said,

Basic English Translation (BBE)

And the Holy Spirit is a witness for us: for after he had said,

Webster's Revision

Of this the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

World English Bible

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

English Revised Version (ERV)

And the Holy Ghost also beareth witness to us: for after he hath said,

Clarke's Hebrews 10:15 Bible Commentary

The Holy Ghost - is a witness to us - The words are quoted from Jeremiah 31:33, Jeremiah 31:34, and here we are assured that Jeremiah spoke by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. Had said before - See Hebrews 8:10, Hebrews 8:12, and the notes there.

Barnes's Hebrews 10:15 Bible Commentary

Whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness to us - That is, the Holy Spirit is a proof of the truth of the position here laid down - that the one atonement made by the Redeemer lays the foundation for the eternal perfection of all who are sanctified. The witness of the Holy Spirit here referred to is what is furnished in the Scriptures, and not any witness in ourselves. Paul immediately makes his appeal to a passage of the Old Testament, and he thus shows his firm conviction that the Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

For after that he had said before - The apostle here appeals to a passage which he had before quoted from Jeremiah 31:33-34; see it explained in the notes on Hebrews 8:8-12. The object of the quotation in both cases is, to show that the new covenant contemplated the formation of a holy character or a holy people. It was not to set apart a people who should be externally holy only, or be distinguished for conformity to external rites and ceremonies, but who should be holy in heart and in life. There has been some difficulty felt by expositors in ascertaining what corresponds to the expression "after that he had said before," and some have supposed that the phrase "then he saith" should be understood before Hebrews 10:17. But probably the apostle means to refer to two distinct parts of the quotation from Jeremiah, the former of which expresses the fact that God meant to make a new covenant with his people, and the latter expresses the nature of that covenant, and it is particularly to the latter that he refers. This is seen more distinctly in the passage in Jeremiah than it is in our translation of the quotation in this Epistle. The meaning is this, "The Holy Spirit first said, this is the covenant that I will make with them:" and having said this, he then added, "After those days, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." The first part of it expresses the purpose to form such a covenant; the latter states what that covenant would be. The quotation is not, indeed, literally made, but the sense is retained; compare the notes on Hebrews 8:8-12. Still, it may be asked, how this quotation proves the point for which it is adduced - that the design of the atonement of Christ was "to perfect forever them that are sanctified?" In regard to this, we may observe:

(1) that it was declared that those who were interested in it would be holy, for the law would be in their hearts and written on their minds; and,

(2) that this would be "entire and perpetual." Their sins would be "wholly" forgiven; they would never be remembered again - and thus they would be "perfected forever."

Wesley's Hebrews 10:15 Bible Commentary

10:15 In this and the three following verses, the apostle winds up his argument concerning the excellency and perfection of the priesthood and sacrifice of Christ. He had proved this before by a quotation from Jeremiah; which he here repeats, describing the new covenant as now completely ratified, and all the blessings of it secured to us by the one offering of Christ, which renders all other expiatory sacrifices, and any repetition of his own, utterly needless.

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