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Hebrews 9:1-14New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Earthly and the Heavenly Sanctuaries

Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent[a] was constructed, the first one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of the Presence;[b] this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a tent[c] called the Holy of Holies. In it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat.[d] Of these things we cannot speak now in detail.

Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent[e] to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people. By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent[f] is still standing. This is a symbol[g] of the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time comes to set things right.

11 But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come,[h] then through the greater and perfect[i] tent[j] (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit[k] offered himself without blemish to God, purify our[l] conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 9:2 Or tabernacle
  2. Hebrews 9:2 Gk the presentation of the loaves
  3. Hebrews 9:3 Or tabernacle
  4. Hebrews 9:5 Or the place of atonement
  5. Hebrews 9:6 Or tabernacle
  6. Hebrews 9:8 Or tabernacle
  7. Hebrews 9:9 Gk parable
  8. Hebrews 9:11 Other ancient authorities read good things to come
  9. Hebrews 9:11 Gk more perfect
  10. Hebrews 9:11 Or tabernacle
  11. Hebrews 9:14 Other ancient authorities read Holy Spirit
  12. Hebrews 9:14 Other ancient authorities read your
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