The Earthly Holy Place1 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and a an earthly place of holiness. 2 For b a tent ▼
▼ Or tabernacle; also verses 11, 21was 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 loavesIt is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind h the second curtain was a second section ▼
▼ Greek tent; also verses 6, 8called the Most Holy Place, 4 having 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. 5 Above it were o the cherubim of glory overshadowing p the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. 6 These preparations having thus been made q the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, 7 but 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. 8 By 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 presentAccording to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered w that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but 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 Christ11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest z of the good things that have come ▼
▼ Some manuscripts good things to comethen through ab the greater and more perfect tent ( ac not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he 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. 13 For 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 sanctifiesfor the purification of the flesh, 14 how 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 yourconscience ap from dead works aq to serve the living God. 15 Therefore 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, 1716 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For aw a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated ax without blood. 19 For 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, 20 saying ba “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both bb the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and bc without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. 23 Thus 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. 24 For 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. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as bg the high priest enters bh the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for 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. 27 And just as bl it is appointed for man to die once, and bm after that comes judgment, 28 so 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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