1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and a the earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the 1 sanctuary; 3 b and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, 4 which had the c golden censer and d the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were e the golden pot that had the manna, f Aaron's rod that budded, and g the tablets of the covenant; 5 and h above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, i the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7 But into the second part the high priest went alone j once a year, not without blood, which he offered for k himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; 8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that l the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered m which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience - 10 concerned only with n foods and drinks, o various 2 washings, p and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ came as High Priest of q the good things 3 to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not r with the blood of goats and calves, but s with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place t once for all, u having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if v the blood of bulls and goats and w the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, 4 sanctifies for the 5 purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without 6 spot to God, x cleanse your conscience from y dead works z to serve the living God?
15 And for this reason a He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that b those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For c a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. 18 d Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every 7 precept to all the people according to the law, e he took the blood of calves and goats, f with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, g "This is the h blood of the covenant which God has commanded you." 8 21 Then likewise i he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are 9 purified with blood, and j without shedding of blood there is no 10 remission.
23 Therefore it was necessary that k the copies of the things in the heavens should be 11 purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For l Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are 12 copies of m the true, but into heaven itself, now n to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as o the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another - 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 p And as it is appointed for men to die once, q but after this the judgment, 28 so r Christ was s offered once to bear the sins t of many. To those who u eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.