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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.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 16:34 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 16:34 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 16:34 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 16:34 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:34 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 16:34 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:34 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 16:34 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:34 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 16:34 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)