Hebrews 10:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 10:12, NIV: But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

Hebrews 10:12, ESV: But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

Hebrews 10:12, KJV: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Hebrews 10:12, NASB: but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,

Hebrews 10:12, NLT: But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand.

Hebrews 10:12, CSB: But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.

What does Hebrews 10:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A major point of this passage has been that animal sacrifices could never permanently take away human sin (Hebrews 9:9–10). If they could, then there would be no point in offering them over and over (Hebrews 10:1–2). These temporary measures were only meant to foreshadow our need for Christ. Here, the writer once again makes the point that Christ's sacrifice was a single, perfect, permanent action.

Verses 12 and 13 repeat images applied to Christ in earlier verses. Christ was previously described as "seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 8:1). This phrase symbolizes two important aspects of Christ and His ministry. First is the idea of Christ "sitting down," implying that His work is finished. The prior verse specifically referred to the old covenant priests as "standing," a contrast which shows their work was never done. The second image is that of Christ's position at the right hand of God. Symbolically, this was the seat of ultimate honor and power.

The following verse will, again, repeat a claim about the Messiah which was made in the Old Testament.