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23 Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office;
23. Another proof of superiority; the Levitical priests were many, as death caused the need of continually new ones being appointed in succession. Christ dies not, and so hath a priesthood which passes not from one to another.
were—Greek, "are made."
many—one after another; opposed to His "unchangeable (that does not pass from one to another) priesthood" (Heb 7:24).
not suffered to continue—Greek, "hindered from permanently continuing," namely, in the priesthood.