18 For, on the one hand, there is the nullification of a former commandment (A)because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for (B)the Law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, there is the introduction of a better (C)hope, through which we (D)come near to God. 20 And to the extent that it was not without an oath 21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,

(E)The Lord has sworn
And (F)will not change His mind,
You are a priest (G)forever’”);

22 by the same extent Jesus also has become the [a](H)guarantee of (I)a better covenant.

23 [b]The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing; 24 [c]Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues (J)forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is also able to (K)save [d]forever those who (L)come to God through Him, since He always lives to (M)make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting for us to have such a (N)high priest, (O)holy, (P)innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and (Q)exalted above the heavens; 27 who has no daily need, like those high priests, to (R)offer up sacrifices, (S)first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because He did this (T)once for all time when He (U)offered up Himself. 28 For the Law appoints men as high priests (V)who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints (W)a Son, who has been (X)made perfect forever.

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  1. Hebrews 7:22 Or guarantor
  2. Hebrews 7:23 Lit The greater number have become priests...
  3. Hebrews 7:24 Lit He
  4. Hebrews 7:25 Or completely

18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless(A) 19 (for the law made nothing perfect),(B) and a better hope(C) is introduced, by which we draw near to God.(D)

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:(E)
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”[a](F)

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

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.(H) 25 Therefore he is able to save(I) completely[b] those who come to God(J) through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.(K)

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

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  1. Hebrews 7:21 Psalm 110:4
  2. Hebrews 7:25 Or forever

A New Covenant

For (A)if that first covenant had been free of fault, no [a]circumstances would have been sought for a second.

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  1. Hebrews 8:7 Lit place

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.(A)

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