If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.(A) They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy(B) and shadow(C) of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned(D) when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a](E) But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant(F) of which he is mediator(G) is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.(H) But God found fault with the people and said[b]:

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
    when I will make a new covenant(I)
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors(J)
when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
    and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant(K) I will establish with the people of Israel
    after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
    and write them on their hearts.(L)
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.(M)

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 8:5 Exodus 25:40
  2. Hebrews 8:8 Some manuscripts may be translated fault and said to the people.