9 For its part, then, the former [covenant] used to have ordinances of sacred service*+ and [its] mundane* holy place.+ 2 For 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.”+ 3 But behind the second curtain+ was the tent [compartment] called “the Most Holy.”*+ 4 This 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;* 5 but up above it were the glorious cherubs+ overshadowing the propitiatory [cover].*+ But now is not the time to speak in detail concerning these things. 6 After these things had been constructed this way, the priests enter the first tent [compartment]+ at all times to perform the sacred services;+ 7 but 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.+ 8 Thus 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.+ 9 This 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,+ 10 but 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.*+ 11 However, 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,+ 12 he 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].+ 13 For 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,+ 14 how 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? 15 So 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.+ 16 For where there is a covenant,*+ the death of the [human] covenanter* needs to be furnished. 17 For a covenant is valid over dead [victims],* since it is not in force at any time while the [human] covenanter is living. 18 Consequently neither was the former [covenant]+ inaugurated* without blood.+ 19 For 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, 20 saying: “This is the blood of the covenant that God has laid as a charge upon YOU.”*+ 21 And he sprinkled the tent+ and all the vessels of the public service likewise with the blood.+ 22 Yes, nearly all things are cleansed with blood+ according to the Law, and unless blood is poured out+ no forgiveness* takes place.+ 23 Therefore 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. 24 For 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.+ 25 Neither 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. 26 Otherwise, 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.+ 27 And as it is reserved for men+ to die once for all time, but after this a judgment,+ 28 so 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.+
^ Or, “worldly,” that is, belonging to this world. Gr., ko·smi·konʹ; Novum Testamentum, Theodore Bezae, 1642, reprinted in 1925, Lat., mun·daʹnum; J17(Heb.), ʼar·tsiʹ, “earthly.”
^ “Display of the loaves.” Or, “showbread.”
^ Or, “the Holy of Holies.” Gr., Haʹgi·a Ha·giʹon; Lat., sancʹta sanc·toʹrum; J17,18,22(Heb.), Qo·dheshʹ haq·Qodha·shimʹ.
^ See App 7D.
^ Or, “mercy seat.” Gr., hi·la·steʹri·on; Lat., pro·pi·ti·a·toʹri·um; J17(Heb.), hak·kap·poʹreth, “the propitiatory cover.” See 1Ch 28:11 ftn.
^ Lit., “holies (holy places)”; pl. to denote excellence.
^ Or, “parable.” Gr., pa·ra·bo·leʹ.
^ “Doing sacred service.” Gr., la·treuʹon·ta; J17(Heb.), ha·ʽo·vedhʹ, “the one serving (worshiping).” See Ex 3:12 ftn.
^ Or, “washings.”
^ Lit., “of thorough straightening out.”
^ “Things that have come to pass,” P46BD*Syh,p; אADcItVg, “things to come.”
^ Or, “through.”
^ Or, “found.”
^ Lit., “ransoming.”
^ Lit., “having been made common.”
^ For a discussion of “covenant,” see App 7D.
^ “Of the [human] convenanter.” Or, “of the mediating [sacrifice; victim].” See App 7D.
^ Or, “[persons].”
^ Lit., “innovated.”
^ Or, “tablet.”
^ “Jehovah has concluded with you,” J3,7,8,20.
^ Lit., “letting go off.”
^ Or, “into holy places . . . which are copies of the realities.”
^ Or, “the holy places.”
^ Lit., “throwing down [of seed].” Gr., ka·ta·bo·lesʹ.
^ Or, “joint end; consummation; ending together.” Gr., syn·te·leiʹai, dative, sing.
^ Or, “of the orders of things.” Gr., ton ai·oʹnon; Lat., sae·cu·loʹrum; J22(Heb.), ha·ʽoh·la·mimʹ.
^ Or, “be without a sin offering.”