Leviticus 16:34 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)
(34) And this shall be an everlasting statute.—Better, And this shall be a statute for ever, as the Authorised Version has it in Lev. 16:29. Here, again, we have an instance of how the same phrase which occurs three times within four verses (see Lev. 16:29; Lev. 16:31; Lev. 16:34) is rendered in the Authorised Version by two different phrases, thus giving the idea to the English reader that there is a difference in the original. The thrice-repeated phrase emphasises the abiding nature of this law, and indicates the solemnity of the day.
And he did as the Lord commanded Moses—That is, Aaron performed the service for the first time, according to the ordinances which the Lord communicated to Moses. A similar remark occurs at the first observance of the Passover. (See Exo. 12:50.) The solemn admonition, therefore, addressed to the priesthood at the beginning of this chapter (see Lev. 16:1-2), not to presume on their office, but to submit to the Divine regulations, was duly observed by the first high priest. It may, however, also be designed to indicate that Aaron did not assume the dignity of the pontificate to exalt himself, but in obedience to the command God gave to Moses.
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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)
Charles John Ellicott (1819 - 1905) was a distinguished English Christian theologian, academic and churchman. He briefly served as Dean of Exeter, then Bishop of the united see of Gloucester and Bristol.
His works include:
- An Old Testament Commentary for English Readers, 1897. (Editor)
- A New Testament Commentary for English Readers, 1878.