1For its part, then, the former [covenant] used to have ordinances of sacred service and [its] mundane holy place.2For there was constructed a first tent [compartment] in which were the lampstand and also the table and the display of the loaves; and it is called “the Holy Place.”3But behind the second curtain was the tent [compartment] called “the Most Holy.”4This had a golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid all around with gold, in which were the golden jar having the manna and the rod of Aaron that budded and the tablets of the covenant;5but up above it were the glorious cherubs overshadowing the propitiatory [cover]. But now is not the time to speak in detail concerning these things.
6After these things had been constructed this way, the priests enter the first tent [compartment] at all times to perform the sacred services;7but into the second [compartment] the high priest alone enters once a year, not without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of ignorance of the people.8Thus the holy spirit makes it plain that the way into the holy place had not yet been made manifest while the first tent was standing.9This very [tent] is an illustration for the appointed time that is now here, and in keeping with it both gifts and sacrifices are offered. However, these are not able to make the [man] doing sacred service perfect as respects his conscience,10but have to do only with foods and drinks and various baptisms. They were legal requirements pertaining to the flesh and were imposed until the appointed time to set things straight.
11However, when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come to pass, through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation,12he entered, no, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time into the holy place and obtained an everlasting deliverance [for us].13For if the blood of goats and of bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who have been defiled sanctifies to the extent of cleanness of the flesh,14how much more will the blood of the Christ, who through an everlasting spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works that we may render sacred service to [the] living God?
15So that is why he is a mediator of a new covenant, in order that, because a death has occurred for [their] release by ransom from the transgressions under the former covenant, the ones who have been called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance.16For where there is a covenant, the death of the [human] covenanter needs to be furnished.17For a covenant is valid over dead [victims], since it is not in force at any time while the [human] covenanter is living.18Consequently neither was the former [covenant] inaugurated without blood.19For when every commandment according to the Law had been spoken by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of the young bulls and of the goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled the book itself and all the people,20saying: “This is the blood of the covenant that God has laid as a charge upon YOU.”21And he sprinkled the tent and all the vessels of the public service likewise with the blood.22Yes, nearly all things are cleansed with blood according to the Law, and unless blood is poured out no forgiveness takes place.
23Therefore it was necessary that the typical representations of the things in the heavens should be cleansed by these means, but the heavenly things themselves with sacrifices that are better than such sacrifices.24For Christ entered, not into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, now to appear before the person of God for us.25Neither is it in order that he should offer himself often, as indeed the high priest enters into the holy place from year to year with blood not his own.26Otherwise, he would have to suffer often from the founding of the world. But now he has manifested himself once for all time at the conclusion of the systems of things to put sin away through the sacrifice of himself.27And as it is reserved for men to die once for all time, but after this a judgment,28so also the Christ was offered once for all time to bear the sins of many; and the second time that he appears it will be apart from sin and to those earnestly looking for him for [their] salvation.