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1 The old system in the law of Moses was only a shadow of the things to come, not the reality of the good things Christ has done for us. The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. 1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. 2 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.
3 But just the opposite happened. Those yearly sacrifices reminded them of their sins year after year. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,
4 For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 That is why Christ, when he came into the world, said, "You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. But you have given me a body so that I may obey you. 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
6 No, you were not pleased with animals burned on the altar or with other offerings for sin. 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, 'Look, I have come to do your will, O God -- just as it is written about me in the Scriptures.'" 7 Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll-- I have come to do your will, O God.' "
8 Christ said, "You did not want animal sacrifices or grain offerings or animals burned on the altar or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them" (though they are required by the law of Moses). 8 First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made).
9 Then he added, "Look, I have come to do your will." He cancels the first covenant in order to establish the second. 9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second.
10 And what God wants is for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands before the altar day after day, offering sacrifices that can never take away sins. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down at the place of highest honor at God's right hand. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.
13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled as a footstool under his feet. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,
14 For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy. 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. First he says, 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 "This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts so they will understand them, and I will write them on their minds so they will obey them." 16 "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."
17 Then he adds, "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds." 17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."
18 Now when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
20 This is the new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us through the sacred curtain, by means of his death for us. 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God's people, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22 let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
27 There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
28 Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to his people. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know the one who said, "I will take vengeance. I will repay those who deserve it." He also said, "The Lord will judge his own people." 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."
31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 Don't ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.
33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail. When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity. 34 You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
35 Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
37 "For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. 37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38 And a righteous person will live by faith. But I will have no pleasure in anyone who turns away." 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."
39 But we are not like those who turn their backs on God and seal their fate. We have faith that assures our salvation. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.