23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues (A)forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost[a] (B)those who draw near to God (C)through him, since he always lives (D)to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, (E)holy, innocent, unstained, (F)separated from sinners, and (G)exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, (H)first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this (I)once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men (J)in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made (K)perfect forever.

Jesus, High Priest of a Better Covenant

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, (L)one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in (M)the true tent[b] that the Lord (N)set up, not man. For (O)every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus (P)it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve (Q)a copy and (R)shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, (S)“See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ[c] has obtained a ministry that is (T)as much more excellent than the old as (U)the covenant (V)he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 7:25 That is, completely; or at all times
  2. Hebrews 8:2 Or tabernacle; also verse 5
  3. Hebrews 8:6 Greek he

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