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Hebrews 9:1-14 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Messiah Enters the Heavenly Holies

Now even the first one had regulations for worship and the earthly sanctuary. [a] For a tent was prepared: in the outer[b] part were the menorah, the table, and the presentation of the bread[c]—this is called the Holy Place. Beyond the second curtain[d] was a dwelling called the Holy of Holies. [e] It held a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant, completely covered with gold. In the ark was a golden jar holding the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant[f] and above it, cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat.[g] But it is not now possible to speak in detail about these things.

Now with these things prepared this way,

the kohanim
    do continually enter
        into the outer tent[h]
            while completing the services;
        but into the inner,[i]
    once a year,

the kohen gadol alone[j]—and not without blood which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins[k] of the people. By this the Ruach ha-Kodesh makes clear that the way into the Holies has not yet been revealed while the first tent is still standing. It is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly, gifts and sacrifices are being offered that cannot make the worshiper perfect with respect to conscience. 10 These relate only to food and drink and various washings[l]—regulations for the body imposed until a time of setting things straight.

11 But when Messiah appeared as Kohen Gadol of the good things that have now come, passing through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands (that is to say not of this creation), 12 He entered into the Holies once for all—not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls[m] and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled[n] sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Messiah—who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God—cleanse our[o] conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


  1. Hebrews 9:2 cf. Exod. 25:8, 23-29.
  2. Hebrews 9:2 Lit. first.
  3. Hebrews 9:2 cf. Lev. 24:5-9.
  4. Hebrews 9:3 Heb. parokhet.
  5. Hebrews 9:4 cf. Exod. 26:31-33; 40:3.
  6. Hebrews 9:4 cf. Exod. 25:10-16; 1 Kings 8:7.
  7. Hebrews 9:5 cf. Exod. 25:18-19.
  8. Hebrews 9:6 Lit. first tent, i.e. the Holy Place; cf. Exod. 27:20-21.
  9. Hebrews 9:7 Lit. second, i.e. the Holy of Holies; cf. Lev. 16:2, 34.
  10. Hebrews 9:7 cf. Exod. 30:10; Lev. 16:15, 34.
  11. Hebrews 9:7 cf. Num. 15:22, 30.
  12. Hebrews 9:10 cf. Lev. 11; Num. 6:3; 19:13.
  13. Hebrews 9:13 cf. Lev. 16:14-15.
  14. Hebrews 9:13 cf. Num. 19:9, 17-18.
  15. Hebrews 9:14 Some mss. read your.
Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.


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