Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and 1an earthly place of holiness.
For 2a tenta was prepared, the first section, in which were 3the lampstand and 4the table and 5the bread of the Presence.b It is called the Holy Place.
Behind 6the second curtain was a second sectionc called the Most Holy Place,
having the golden 7altar of incense and 8the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was 9a golden urn holding the manna, and 10Aaron's staff that budded, and 11the tablets of the covenant.
Above it were 12the cherubim of glory overshadowing 13the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
These preparations having thus been made, 14the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties,
but into the second only 15the high priest goes, and he but 16once a year, and not without taking blood, 17which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.
By this the Holy Spirit indicates that 18the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing
(which is symbolic for the present age).d According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered 19that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
but deal only with 20food and drink and 21various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.