But only the high priest entered(A) the inner room,(B) and that only once a year,(C) and never without blood,(D) which he offered for himself(E) and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.(F) The Holy Spirit was showing(G) by this that the way(H) into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration(I) for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered(J) were not able to clear the conscience(K) of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food(L) and drink(M) and various ceremonial washings(N)—external regulations(O) applying until the time of the new order.

The Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ came as high priest(P) of the good things that are now already here,[a](Q) he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle(R) that is not made with human hands,(S) that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;(T) but he entered the Most Holy Place(U) once for all(V) by his own blood,(W) thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls(X) and the ashes of a heifer(Y) sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit(Z) offered himself(AA) unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences(AB) from acts that lead to death,[c](AC) so that we may serve the living God!(AD)

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  1. Hebrews 9:11 Some early manuscripts are to come
  2. Hebrews 9:12 Or blood, having obtained
  3. Hebrews 9:14 Or from useless rituals

25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place(A) every year with blood that is not his own.(B)

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