1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of service and the earthly
2 For the first tabernacle was prepared: in which was the lampstand, the table, and the
Bread of Presentation, which is called the sanctuary;
3 and behind the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,
4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things
we cannot now speak in detail.
6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first
tabernacle, performing the services.
7 But into the second the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he
offered for himself and for the sins of the people, committed in ignorance;
8 the Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way into the Holy of Holies was not yet
made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
9 It was a comparison for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered
which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience;
10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances
imposed until the time when things were set right.
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more
perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Holy
of Holies once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for
the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called
may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
16 For where there is a covenant, it is a necessity to announce the death of the one
making the covenant.
17 For a covenant is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the
one who made the covenant is alive.
18 Therefore neither was the first covenant dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the Law, he
took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled
both the scroll itself and all the people,
20 saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.
21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of
22 And according to the Law almost all things are purified with blood, and without
shedding of blood there is no remission.
23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be
purified with these, but the Heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the
true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf;
25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Holy of Holies
every year with blood of others;
26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now,
once for all, at the end of the ages, He has been manifested to put away sin through the
sacrifice of Himself.
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this the judgment,
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for
Him He will appear a second time, without sin, unto salvation.