Lamentations 1-2New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Prophet Speaks:
1 Alas! The city once full of people
2 She weeps bitterly at night;
3 Judah has departed into exile
4 The roads to Zion mourn
5 Her foes subjugated her;
6 All of Daughter Zion’s splendor
7 Jerusalem remembers,
8 Jerusalem committed terrible sin;
9 Her menstrual flow has soiled her clothing;
10 An enemy grabbed
11 All her people groaned
“Look, O Lord! Consider
12 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by on the road?
13 He sent down fire
14 My sins are bound around my neck like a yoke;
15 He rounded up all my mighty ones;
16 I weep because of these things;
The Prophet Speaks:
17 Zion spread out her hands,
18 The Lord is right to judge me!
19 I called for my lovers,
20 Look, O Lord! I am distressed;
21 They have heard that I groan,
22 Let all their wickedness come before you;
The Prophet Speaks:
2 Alas! The Lord has covered
2 The Lord destroyed mercilessly
3 In fierce anger he destroyed
4 He prepared his bow like an enemy;
5 The Lord, like an enemy,
6 He destroyed his temple as if it were a vineyard;
7 The Lord rejected his altar
8 The Lord was determined to tear down
9 Her city gates have fallen to the ground;
10 The elders of Daughter Zion
11 My eyes are worn out from weeping;
12 Children say to their mothers,
13 With what can I equate you?
14 Your prophets saw visions for you
15 All who passed by on the road
16 All your enemies
17 The Lord has done what he planned;
18 Cry out from your heart to the Lord,
19 Get up! Cry out in the night
20 Look, O Lord! Consider!
21 The young boys and old men
22 As if it were a feast day, you call
Hebrews 9:11-10:18New English Translation (NET Bible)
Christ’s Service in the Heavenly Sanctuary
11 But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, 12 and he entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood, and so he himself secured eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.
15 And so he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, since he died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. 16 For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. 18 So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” 21 And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. 22 Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. 23 So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands—the representation of the true sanctuary—but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us. 25 And he did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice. 27 And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, 28 so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.
Concluding Exposition: Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
10 For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. 2 For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 So when he came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me.
8 When he says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you did not desire nor did you take delight in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then he says, “Here I am: I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first to establish the second. 10 By his will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again—sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 where he is now waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy. 15 And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” 17 then he says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.