Hebrews 9

The Earthly Holy Place

1Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and a  an earthly place of holiness. 2For b  a tent
Or tabernacle; also verses 11, 21
was prepared, the first section, in which were d  the lampstand and e  the table and f  the bread of the Presence.
Greek  the presentation of the loaves
It is called the Holy Place.
3Behind h  the second curtain was a second section
Greek tent; also verses 6, 8
called the Most Holy Place,
4having the golden j  altar of incense and k  the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was l  a golden urn holding the manna, and m  Aaron’s staff that budded, and n  the tablets of the covenant. 5Above it were o  the cherubim of glory overshadowing p  the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

6These preparations having thus been made q  the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, 7but into the second only r  the high priest goes, and he but s  once a year, and not without taking blood t  which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. 8By this the Holy Spirit indicates that u  the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing 9(which is symbolic for the present age).
Or  which is symbolic for the age then present
According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered w  that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
10but deal only with x  food and drink and y  various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

Redemption Through the Blood of Christ

11But when Christ appeared as a high priest z  of the good things that have come
Some manuscripts  good things to come
then through ab  the greater and more perfect tent ( ac  not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
12he ad  entered ae  once for all into the holy places, not by means of af  the blood of goats and calves but ag  by means of his own blood, ah  thus securing an eternal redemption. 13For if ai  the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with aj  the ashes of a heifer, sanctify
Or  For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies
for the purification of the flesh,
14how much more will al  the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit am  offered himself without blemish to God, an  purify our
Some manuscripts your
conscience ap  from dead works aq  to serve the living God.

15Therefore he is ar  the mediator of a new covenant, so that as  those who are called may at  receive the promised eternal inheritance au  since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
The Greek word means both  covenant and will; also verses 16, 17
16For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17For aw  a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated ax  without blood. 19For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took ay  the blood of calves and goats az  with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20saying ba  This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both bb  the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and bc  without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

23Thus it was necessary for bd  the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ has entered, not into holy places be  made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God bf  on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as bg  the high priest enters bh  the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, bi  he has appeared bj  once for all bk  at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And just as bl  it is appointed for man to die once, and bm  after that comes judgment, 28so Christ, having been offered once bn  to bear the sins of bo  many, will appear bp  a second time bq  not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly br  waiting for him.

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