The Earthly Holy Place 1
Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and 1
an earthly place of holiness.
a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were 3
the lampstand and 4
the table and 5
the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place.
the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place,
having the golden 7
altar of incense and 8
the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was 9
a golden urn holding the manna, and 10
Aaron's staff that budded, and 11
the tablets of the covenant.
Above it were 12
the cherubim of glory overshadowing 13
the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
These preparations having thus been made, 14
the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties,
but into the second only 15
the high priest goes, and he but 16
once a year, and not without taking blood, 17
which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.
By this the Holy Spirit indicates that 18
the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing
(which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered 19
that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
but deal only with 20
food and drink and 21
various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.
Redemption Through the Blood of Christ 11
But when Christ appeared as a high priest 22
of the good things that have come, then through 23
the greater and more perfect tent (24
not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
once for all into the holy places, not by means of 27
the blood of goats and calves but 28
by means of his own blood, 29
thus securing an eternal redemption.
For if 30
the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with 31
the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,
how much more will 32
the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit 33
offered himself without blemish to God, 34
purify our conscience 35
from dead works 36
to serve the living God.
Therefore he is 37
the mediator of a new covenant, so that 38
those who are called may 39
receive the promised eternal inheritance, 40
since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.
a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.
Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated 42
For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took 43
the blood of calves and goats, 44
with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
"This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you."
And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both 46
the tent and all the vessels used in worship.
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and 47
without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Thus it was necessary for 48
the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For Christ has entered, not into holy places 49
made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God 50
on our behalf.
Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as 51
the high priest enters 52
the holy places every year with blood not his own,
for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, 53
he has appeared 54
once for all 55
at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And just as 56
it is appointed for man to die once, and 57
after that comes judgment,
so Christ, having been offered once 58
to bear the sins of 59
many, will appear 60
a second time, 61
not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly 62
waiting for him.