15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.16 For where a [a]covenant is, there must of necessity [b]be the death of the one who made it.17 For a [c]covenant is valid only when [d]men are dead, [e]for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.”21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the [f]tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.22 And according to the [g]Law, one mayalmost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
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