16 For where there is a [a]covenant, there must of necessity [b]be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a [c]covenant is valid only when people are dead, [d]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 (A)spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, (B)he took the (C)blood of the calves and the goats, with (D)water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both (E)the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “(F)This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21 And in the same way he (G)sprinkled both the [e]tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And (H)almost all things are cleansed with blood, according to the Law, and (I)without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 9:16 Or testament
  2. Hebrews 9:16 Lit be brought
  3. Hebrews 9:17 Or testament
  4. Hebrews 9:17 One early ms for is it then...lives?
  5. Hebrews 9:21 Or sacred tent