22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.(A)

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.(B) 25 Therefore he is able to save(C) completely[a] those who come to God(D) through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.(E)

26 Such a high priest(F) truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,(G) exalted above the heavens.(H) 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices(I) day after day, first for his own sins,(J) and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all(K) when he offered himself.(L) 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness;(M) but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son,(N) who has been made perfect(O) forever.

The High Priest of a New Covenant

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest,(P) who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,(Q) and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle(R) set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest(S) is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices,(T) and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.(U) If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.(V) They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy(W) and shadow(X) of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned(Y) when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[b](Z) But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant(AA) of which he is mediator(AB) is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.


  1. Hebrews 7:25 Or forever
  2. Hebrews 8:5 Exodus 25:40

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