Hebrews 8:1-9 (New American Standard)

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A Better Ministry

1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a 1high priest, who has taken His seat at 2the right hand of the throne of the 3Majesty in the heavens, 2 a 4minister ain the sanctuary and bin the 5true ctabernacle, which the Lord 6pitched, not man. 3 For every 7high priest is appointed 8to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. 4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who 9offer the gifts according to the Law; 5 who serve 10a copy and 11shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses dwas 12warned by God when he was about to erect the etabernacle; for, "13SEE," He says, "THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN." 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the 14mediator of 15a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

A New Covenant

7 For 16if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. 8 For finding fault with them, He says, "17BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, fWHEN I WILL EFFECT 18A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH; 9 19NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH 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.
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