But Jesus has now obtained a superior ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator(A) of a better covenant,(B) which has been established on better promises.(C)

A Superior Covenant

For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one. But finding fault with his people,[a] he says:[b]

See, the days are coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah—
not like the covenant
that I made with their ancestors
on the day I took them by the hand
to lead them out of the land of Egypt.
I showed no concern for them, says the Lord,
because they did not continue in my covenant.
10 For this is the covenant
that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 8:8 Lit with them
  2. 8:8 Other mss read finding fault, he says to them

15 Therefore, he is the mediator(A) of a new covenant,[a](B) so that those who are called might receive the promise(C) of the eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 9:15 The Gk word used here can be translated covenant, will, or testament, also in vv. 16,17,18.

24 and to Jesus, the mediator(A) of a new covenant,(B) and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel.(C)

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Benediction and Farewell

20 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep(A)—through the blood of the everlasting covenant,(B)

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