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Hebrews 9

ESV 1 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. MSG 1 That first plan contained directions for worship, and a specially designed place of worship. ESV 2 For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place. MSG 2 A large outer tent was set up. The lampstand, the table, and "the bread of presence" were placed in it. This was called "the Holy Place." ESV 3 Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, MSG 3 Then a curtain was stretched, and behind it a smaller, inside tent set up. This was called "the Holy of Holies." ESV 4 having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. MSG 4 In it were placed the gold incense altar and the gold-covered ark of the covenant containing the gold urn of manna, Aaron's rod that budded, the covenant tablets, ESV 5 Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. MSG 5 and the angel-wing-shadowed mercy seat. But we don't have time to comment on these now. ESV 6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, MSG 6 After this was set up, the priests went about their duties in the large tent. ESV 7 but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. MSG 7 Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people's accumulated sins. ESV 8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing MSG 8 This was the Holy Spirit's way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can't just walk in on God. ESV 9 (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, MSG 9 Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can't really get to the heart of the matter, can't assuage the conscience of the people, ESV 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. MSG 10 but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. It's essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made. ESV 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) MSG 11 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven's "tent" - the true Holy Place - once and for all. ESV 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. MSG 12 He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. ESV 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, MSG 13 If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, ESV 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. MSG 14 think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. ESV 15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. MSG 15 Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God. ESV 16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. MSG 16 Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus' death. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. He brought together God and his people in this new way. ESV 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. MSG 17 ESV 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. MSG 18 Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion. ESV 19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, MSG 19 After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law - God's "will" - he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. ESV 20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you." MSG 20 And then he attested its validity with the words, "This is the blood of the covenant commanded by God." ESV 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. MSG 21 He did the same thing with the place of worship and its furniture. ESV 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. MSG 22 Moses said to the people, "This is the blood of the covenant God has established with you." Practically everything in a will hinges on a death. That's why blood, the evidence of death, is used so much in our tradition, especially regarding forgiveness of sins. ESV 23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. MSG 23 That accounts for the prominence of blood and death in all these secondary practices that point to the realities of heaven. It also accounts for why, when the real thing takes place, these animal sacrifices aren't needed anymore, having served their purpose. ESV 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. MSG 24 For Christ didn't enter the earthly version of the Holy Place; he entered the Place Itself, and offered himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. ESV 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, MSG 25 He doesn't do this every year as the high priests did under the old plan with blood that was not their own; ESV 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. MSG 26 if that had been the case, he would have to sacrifice himself repeatedly throughout the course of history. But instead he sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin. ESV 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, MSG 27 Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. ESV 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. MSG 28 Christ's death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation.

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