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.