Now the main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent a that the Lord, and not any mortal, has set up.
For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.
Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law.
They offer worship in a sanctuary that is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly one; for Moses, when he was about to erect the tent, b was warned, "See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain."
But Jesus c has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted through better promises.
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