Hebrews 10:1-20 NIV

Christ's Sacrifice Once for All

1 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.5

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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.6

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3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,7

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4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats8 to take away sins.9

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5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world,10 he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;11

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6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll12-- I have come to do your will, O God.' "a13

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    • a 10:7 - Psalm 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
      8 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).

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          9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will."15 He sets aside the first to establish the second.

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              10 And by that will, we have been made holy16 through the sacrifice of the body17 of Jesus Christ once for all.18

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              11 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.20

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                  12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins,21 he sat down at the right hand of God.22

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                  13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,23

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                  14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect24 forever those who are being made holy.25

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                      15 The Holy Spirit also testifies26 to us about this. First he says:

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                      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."b27

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                      17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."c28

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                      18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

                      A Call to Persevere

                      19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence29 to enter the Most Holy Place30 by the blood of Jesus,

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                      20 by a new and living way31 opened for us through the curtain,32 that is, his body,

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