The law is only a shadow1 of the good things2 that are coming--not the realities themselves.3 For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect4 those who draw near to worship.52
If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.63
But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,74
because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats8 to take away sins.95
Therefore, when Christ came into the world,10 he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;116
with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll12-- I have come to do your will, O God.' "a138
First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them"14 (although the law required them to be made).
Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will."15 He sets aside the first to establish the second.
And by that will, we have been made holy16 through the sacrifice of the body17 of Jesus Christ once for all.1811
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices,19 which can never take away sins.2012
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins,21 he sat down at the right hand of God.2213
Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,2314
because by one sacrifice he has made perfect24 forever those who are being made holy.2515
The Holy Spirit also testifies26 to us about this. First he says:
"This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."b2717
Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."c2818
And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.