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.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence29 to enter the Most Holy Place30 by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way31 opened for us through the curtain,32 that is, his body,
and since we have a great priest33 over the house of God,3422
let us draw near to God35 with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,36 having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience37 and having our bodies washed with pure water.3823
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope39 we profess,40 for he who promised is faithful.4124
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.4225
Let us not give up meeting together,43 as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another44--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.4526
If we deliberately keep on sinning46 after we have received the knowledge of the truth,47 no sacrifice for sins is left,
but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire48 that will consume the enemies of God.
Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.4929
How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God50 under foot,51 who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant52 that sanctified him,53 and who has insulted the Spirit54 of grace?5530
For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"d56 and again, "The Lord will judge his people."e5731
It is a dreadful thing58 to fall into the hands59 of the living God.6032
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,61 when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.6233
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;63 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.6434
You sympathized with those in prison65 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.6635
So do not throw away your confidence;67 it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere68 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.6937
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming70 will come and will not delay.71