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Hebrews 9:1-14Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Earthly and the Heavenly Sanctuaries

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

These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent,[d] performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people. By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary is not yet opened as long as the outer tent[e] is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various ablutions, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,[f] then through the greater and more perfect tent[g] (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking[h] not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your[i] conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 9:2 Or tabernacle
  2. Hebrews 9:2 Greek the presentation of the loaves
  3. Hebrews 9:3 Or tabernacle
  4. Hebrews 9:6 Or tabernacle
  5. Hebrews 9:8 Or tabernacle
  6. Hebrews 9:11 Other manuscripts read good things to come
  7. Hebrews 9:11 Or tabernacle
  8. Hebrews 9:12 Greek through
  9. Hebrews 9:14 Other manuscripts read our
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