1Now the mainpoint in what has been said is this: we havesuch a 1highpriest, who has taken His seat at 2the righthand of the throne of the 3Majesty in the heavens,
a 4ministerain the sanctuary and bin the 5truectabernacle, which the Lord6pitched, not man.
For every7highpriest is appointed8to offerbothgifts and sacrifices ; so it is necessary that this high priest alsohavesomething to offer.
4Nowif He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who 9offer the giftsaccording to the Law ;
5whoserve10a copy and 11shadow of the heavenlythings, just as Mosesdwas 12warned by God when he was about to erect the etabernacle ; for, "13SEE," He says, "THAT YOU MAKEallthingsACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."
But now He has obtained a moreexcellentministry, by as much as He is also the 14mediator of 15a bettercovenant, which has been enacted on betterpromises.
For 16if that first covenant had beenfaultless, there would have been nooccasionsought for a second.
For findingfault with them, He says, "17BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, fWHEN I WILL EFFECT18A NEWCOVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH ;
919NOT LIKE THE COVENANTWHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT ; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.
"20FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAELAFTERTHOSEDAYS, SAYS THE LORD : gI WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM 21ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
1122AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACHEVERYONE HIS FELLOWCITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, 'KNOW THE LORD,' FOR 23ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM hTHE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.
"24FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, 25AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINSNOMORE."
13iWhen He said, "26A new covenant," He has made the firstobsolete. 27But whatever is becomingobsolete and growingold is jready to disappear.