The Old and the New

Now even the first covenant had (A)regulations of divine worship and (B)the earthly sanctuary. For there was (C)a [a]tabernacle prepared, the [b]outer one, in which were (D)the lampstand and (E)the table and (F)the [c]sacred bread; this is called the holy place. Behind (G)the second veil there was a [d]tabernacle which is called the (H)Holy of Holies, having a golden [e](I)altar of incense and (J)the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was (K)a golden jar holding the manna, and (L)Aaron’s rod which budded, and (M)the tables of the covenant; and above it were the (N)cherubim of glory (O)overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests (P)are continually entering the [f]outer [g]tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into (Q)the second, only (R)the high priest enters (S)once a year, (T)not without taking blood, which he (U)offers for himself and for the [h](V)sins of the people committed in ignorance. (W)The Holy Spirit is signifying this, (X)that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the [i]outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly (Y)both gifts and sacrifices are offered which (Z)cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, 10 since they relate only to (AA)food and (AB)drink and various (AC)washings, (AD)regulations for the [j]body imposed until (AE)a time of reformation.

11 But when Christ appeared as a (AF)high priest of the (AG)good things [k]to come, He entered through (AH)the greater and more perfect [l]tabernacle, (AI)not made with hands, that is to say, (AJ)not of this creation; 12 and not through (AK)the blood of goats and calves, but (AL)through His own blood, He (AM)entered the holy place (AN)once for all, [m]having obtained (AO)eternal redemption. 13 For if (AP)the blood of goats and bulls and (AQ)the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the [n]cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will (AR)the blood of Christ, who through [o](AS)the eternal Spirit (AT)offered Himself without blemish to God, (AU)cleanse [p]your conscience from (AV)dead works to serve (AW)the living God?

15 For this reason (AX)He is the (AY)mediator of a (AZ)new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been (BA)called may (BB)receive the promise of (BC)the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a [q]covenant is, there must of necessity [r]be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a [s]covenant is valid only when [t]men are dead, [u]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 (BD)spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, (BE)he took the (BF)blood of the calves and the goats, with (BG)water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both (BH)the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “(BI)This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21 And in the same way he (BJ)sprinkled both the [v]tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And according to the [w]Law, one may (BK)almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and (BL)without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 Therefore it was necessary for the (BM)copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but (BN)the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ (BO)did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of (BP)the true one, but into (BQ)heaven itself, now (BR)to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as (BS)the high priest enters (BT)the holy place (BU)year by year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since (BV)the foundation of the world; but now (BW)once at (BX)the consummation of the ages He has been (BY)manifested to put away sin [x](BZ)by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And inasmuch as (CA)it is [y]appointed for men to die once and after this (CB)comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been (CC)offered once to (CD)bear the sins of many, will appear (CE)a second time for (CF)salvation (CG)without reference to sin, to those who (CH)eagerly await Him.


  1. Hebrews 9:2 Or sacred tent
  2. Hebrews 9:2 Lit first
  3. Hebrews 9:2 Lit loaves of presentation
  4. Hebrews 9:3 Or sacred tent
  5. Hebrews 9:4 Or censer
  6. Hebrews 9:6 Lit first
  7. Hebrews 9:6 Or sacred tent
  8. Hebrews 9:7 Lit ignorance of the people
  9. Hebrews 9:8 Lit first
  10. Hebrews 9:10 Lit flesh
  11. Hebrews 9:11 Two early mss read that have come
  12. Hebrews 9:11 Or sacred tent
  13. Hebrews 9:12 Or obtaining
  14. Hebrews 9:13 Lit purity
  15. Hebrews 9:14 Or His eternal spirit
  16. Hebrews 9:14 One early ms reads our
  17. Hebrews 9:16 Or testament
  18. Hebrews 9:16 Lit be brought
  19. Hebrews 9:17 Or testament
  20. Hebrews 9:17 Lit over the dead
  21. Hebrews 9:17 Two early mss read for is it then...lives?
  22. Hebrews 9:21 Or sacred tent
  23. Hebrews 9:22 Or Law, almost all things
  24. Hebrews 9:26 Or by His sacrifice
  25. Hebrews 9:27 Lit laid up