The Old and the New
1Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary. 2For there was a #Or sacred tenttabernacle prepared, the #Lit firstouter one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the #Lit loaves of presentationsacred bread; this is called the holy place. 3Behind the second veil there was a #Or sacred tenttabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, 4having a golden #Or censeraltar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the #Lit firstouter #Or sacred tenttabernacle performing the divine worship, 7but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the #Lit ignorance of the peoplesins of the people committed in ignorance. 8The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the #Lit firstouter tabernacle is still standing, 9which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, 10since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the #Lit fleshbody imposed until a time of reformation.
11But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things #Two early mss read that have cometo come, He entered through the greater and more perfect #Or sacred tenttabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 12and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, #Or obtaininghaving obtained eternal redemption. 13For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the #Lit puritycleansing of the flesh, 14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through #Or His eternal spiritthe eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse #One early ms reads ouryour conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15For this reason He is the mediator of a 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 called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16For where a #Or testamentcovenant is, there must of necessity #Lit be broughtbe the death of the one who made it. 17For a #Or testamentcovenant is valid only when #Lit over the deadmen 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 spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21And in the same way he sprinkled both the #Or sacred tenttabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22And according to the #Or Law, almost all thingsLaw, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. 26Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin #Or by His sacrificeby the sacrifice of Himself. 27And inasmuch as it is #Lit laid upappointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.