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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Hebrews 8:1-13

8  Now as to the things being discussed this is the main point: We have such a high priest+ as this, and he has sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty* in the heavens,+  a public servant* of the holy place*+ and of the true tent,* which Jehovah*+ put up, and not man.+  For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices;+ wherefore it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.+  If, now, he were upon earth, he would not be a priest,+ there being [men] who offer the gifts according to the Law,  but which [men] are rendering sacred service in a typical representation*+ and a shadow+ of the heavenly things; just as Moses, when about to make the tent+ in completion, was given the divine command:*+ For says he: “See that you make all things after [their] pattern* that was shown to you in the mountain.”+  But now [Jesus]* has obtained a more excellent public service, so that he is also the mediator+ of a correspondingly better covenant,+ which has been legally established upon better promises.+  For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second;+  for he does find fault with the people when he says: “‘Look! There are days coming,’ says Jehovah,* ‘and I will conclude with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new covenant;+  not according to the covenant+ that I made with their forefathers in [the] day of my taking hold of their hand to bring them forth out of the land of Egypt,+ because they did not continue in my covenant,+ so that I stopped caring for them,’ says Jehovah.”*+ 10  “‘For this is the covenant that I shall covenant with the house of Israel after those days,’ says Jehovah.* ‘I will put my laws in their mind, and in their hearts+ I shall write them. And I will become their God,+ and they themselves will become my people.+ 11  “‘And they will by no means teach each one his fellow citizen and each one his brother, saying: “Know Jehovah!”*+ For they will all know me,+ from [the] least one to [the] greatest one of them. 12  For I shall be merciful to their unrighteous deeds, and I shall by no means call their sins+ to mind anymore.’”+ 13  In his saying “a new [covenant]” he has made the former one obsolete.*+ Now that which is made obsolete and growing old is near to vanishing away.+

Footnotes

See 1:3 ftn, “Majesty.”
Lit., “public worker.” Gr., lei·tour·gos′.
Or, “places.”
Or, “tabernacle.”
See App 1D.
“Typical representation.” Lit., “example.”
Lit., “has been divinely warned.”
Or, “type.” Gr., ty′pon; Lat., ex·em′plar.
Lit., “he.”
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
“He has made . . . obsolete.” Lit., “he has made old.”