Hebrews 10:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 10:9, NIV: Then he said, 'Here I am, I have come to do your will.' He sets aside the first to establish the second.

Hebrews 10:9, ESV: then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.

Hebrews 10:9, KJV: Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Hebrews 10:9, NASB: then He said, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.' He takes away the first in order to establish the second.

Hebrews 10:9, NLT: Then he said, 'Look, I have come to do your will.' He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect.

Hebrews 10:9, CSB: he then says, See, I have come to do your will. He takes away the first to establish the second.

What does Hebrews 10:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse is meant to draw a direct contrast between two things. In this case, they are the ideas mentioned in Psalm 40:6–8. That passage was quoted in Hebrews 10:5–7. The Psalmist referred to God's formation of the human body, specifically the ears, while pointing out that God was not ultimately interested in sacrifice. Instead, God's desire was for His will to be done, indicating that the use of that body was the real fulfillment of God's will.

The point, so says the writer of Hebrews, is that God specifically intends to "set aside" sacrifice, instead highlighting the earthly performance of His will. That meshes with the other Old Testament quotations which have been given to prove that God has always intended for a new covenant to come. The old covenant's sacrifices, then, were only meant to be symbolic of the "real" resolution for our sin, which came through the incarnation and death of Jesus Christ.