Hebrews 9

The Old and the New

1Now even the first covenant had a  regulations of divine worship and b  the earthly sanctuary. 2For there was c  a
Or sacred tent
tabernacle prepared, the
Lit first
outer one, in which were f  the lampstand and g  the table and h  the
Lit loaves of presentation
sacred bread; this is called the holy place.
3Behind j  the second veil there was a
Or sacred tent
tabernacle which is called the l  Holy of Holies,
4having a golden
Or censer
n  altar of incense and o  the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was p  a golden jar holding the manna, and q  Aaron’s rod which budded, and r  the tables of the covenant;
5and above it were the s  cherubim of glory t  overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

6Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests u  are continually entering the
Lit first
Or sacred tent
tabernacle performing the divine worship,
7but into x  the second, only y  the high priest enters z  once a year, aa  not without taking blood, which he ab  offers for himself and for the
Lit ignorance of the people
ad  sins of the people committed in ignorance.
8 ae  The Holy Spirit is signifying this af  that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the
Lit first
outer tabernacle is still standing,
9which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly ah  both gifts and sacrifices are offered which ai  cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, 10since they relate only to aj  food and ak  drink and various al  washings, am  regulations for the
Lit flesh
body imposed until ao  a time of reformation.

11But when Christ appeared as a ap  high priest of the aq  good things
Two early mss read that have come
to come, He entered through as  the greater and more perfect
Or sacred tent
tabernacle au  not made with hands, that is to say, av  not of this creation;
12and not through aw  the blood of goats and calves, but ax  through His own blood, He ay  entered the holy place az  once for all
Or obtaining
having obtained bb  eternal redemption.
13For if bc  the blood of goats and bulls and bd  the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the
Lit purity
cleansing of the flesh,
14how much more will bf  the blood of Christ, who through
Or His eternal spirit
bh  the eternal Spirit bi  offered Himself without blemish to God bj  cleanse
One early ms reads our
your conscience from bl  dead works to serve bm  the living God?

15For this reason bn  He is the bo  mediator of a bp  new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been bq  called may br  receive the promise of bs  the eternal inheritance. 16For where a
Or testament
covenant is, there must of necessity
Lit be brought
be the death of the one who made it.
17For a
Or testament
covenant is valid only when
Lit over the dead
men are dead,
Two early mss read for is it then...lives?
for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.
18Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19For when every commandment had been by  spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law bz  he took the ca  blood of the calves and the goats, with cb  water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both cc  the book itself and all the people, 20saying cd  This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21And in the same way he ce  sprinkled both the
Or sacred tent
tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.
22And according to the
Or Law, almost all things
Law, one may ch  almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and ci  without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23Therefore it was necessary for the cj  copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but ck  the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ cl  did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of cm  the true one, but into cn  heaven itself, now co  to appear in the presence of God for us; 25nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as cp  the high priest enters cq  the holy place cr  year by year with blood that is not his own. 26Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since cs  the foundation of the world; but now ct  once at cu  the consummation of the ages He has been cv  manifested to put away sin
Or by His sacrifice
cx  by the sacrifice of Himself.
27And inasmuch as cy  it is
Lit laid up
appointed for men to die once and after this da  comes judgment,
28so Christ also, having been db  offered once to dc  bear the sins of many, will appear dd  a second time for de  salvation df  without reference to sin, to those who dg  eagerly await Him.
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