The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible
And every priest standeth daily ministering…
Alexandrian copy, one of Stephens's, the Complutensian edition, the
Syriac and Ethiopic versions, read, "every high priest"; who might
minister daily, if he would; but since the daily sacrifice was
generally offered by the common priests, these are rather designed.
The apostle passes from the anniversary sacrifices offered by the
high priest on the day of atonement, having shown the insufficiency
and imperfection of them, to the lambs of the daily sacrifice, which
were offered morning and evening, and whatsoever else might be daily
offered on other accounts; and which he also shows are equally
ineffectual to take away sin; almost every word he uses shows the
imperfection of the priesthood of Aaron, and serves to illustrate
the priesthood of Christ. When he says "every priest", it supposes
there were more than one, as indeed there were many, not only in
succession to one another, but together, having different parts of
service to perform; and everyone of them "standeth" at the altar,
showing that his work was not done; and the present tense is used,
because sacrifice in fact had not ceased at the writing of this
epistle, though of right it ought to have done; and he stood "daily
ministering"; every day, and sometimes often in a day, and always
morning and night, (Exodus 29:38,39) The priest always stood to
minister, (Deuteronomy 18:5) . Hence the Jews say F20, there is no ministration
or service, (dmwem ala) , "but standing"; and perhaps some reference
may be had to (twdmem) , the "stations" F21, or stationary men, who
were always upon the spot at Jerusalem, to offer for such as were at
And offering oftentimes the same sacrifices;
as a lamb in the
morning, and another at evening; and if it was a burnt offering, or
a sin offering, or an offering for the purification of a woman, or
for the cleansing of the leper, they were always the same: and this
frequent offering, and the offering of the same things, show that
they were such
which can never take away sins;
for notwithstanding these many and
repeated offerings, even the sins of Old Testament saints remained
to be atoned for by Christ; see (Romans 3:25) (Hebrews 9:15) .
F20 Jarchi in Deut. xviii. 5. Maimon. Biath Hamikdash, c. 5. sect. 16.
F21 Misn. Taanith, c. 4. sect. 2.
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