Hebrews 10:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 10:8, NIV: First he said, 'Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them'--though they were offered in accordance with the law.

Hebrews 10:8, ESV: When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),

Hebrews 10:8, KJV: Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Hebrews 10:8, NASB: After saying above, 'SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND offerings for sin YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them' (which are offered according to the Law),

Hebrews 10:8, NLT: First, Christ said, 'You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them' (though they are required by the law of Moses).

Hebrews 10:8, CSB: After he says above, You did not desire or delight in sacrifices and offerings, whole burnt offerings and sin offerings (which are offered according to the law),

What does Hebrews 10:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After quoting Psalm 40:6–8, the writer of Hebrews now begins to explain what it means. The purpose of this passage in Hebrews has been to show that animal sacrifices cannot solve the problem of human sin. They are temporary, can only cover external or ceremonial concerns, and cannot truly change man from the inside (Hebrews 9:8–10). Since the new covenant promised by God is to be in the minds and hearts of each person (Hebrews 8:7–13), this means God did not intend those animal sacrifices to be a permanent solution.

In the upcoming verses, the writer will point out that Psalm 40 speaks of God forming a body, and forming it for a purpose. This is in a context contrasting the use of offerings and sacrifices. God is setting aside offerings, and instead performing His will through a human body. This, according to the book of Hebrews, is part of why we know God intended animal sacrifices as a temporary measure—a shadow or symbol—and planned, ultimately, to use the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to solve our problem of sin.