2. Better Sacrifices and Better Blood
with the Greater and More Perfect Tabernacle
1 Now then the afirst covenant also had bordinances of service, and its 1csanctuary was of dthis world.
2 For a atabernacle was prepared, the first, in which were the blampstand and the ctable and the dloaves that were set forth, which is called the eHoly Place;
3 And after the second aveil, a btabernacle, which is called the cHoly of Holies,
4 1Having a agolden 2altar and the bark of the covenant covered about everywhere with gold, in which were the golden 3cpot that had the manna and Aaron's drod that budded and the etablets of the covenant,
5 And above it acherubim of glory overshadowing the 1bpropitiation place, concerning which it is not now the time to speak in detail.
6 Now these things having been thus prepared, ainto the bfirst tabernacle the priests enter ccontinually, accomplishing their worship;
7 But into the asecond, only the bhigh priest enters, conce a year and not without dblood, which he offers for ehimself and for the 1sins of ignorance of the fpeople,
8 The aHoly Spirit thus making this clear, that the 1bway of the cHoly of Holies has not yet been manifested while the dfirst tabernacle still has its standing,
9 Which is a 1afigure for the present time. According to this tabernacle both 2bgifts and sacrifices are offered, which are cunable to perfect, according to dconscience, him who worships,
10 Consisting only of afoods and drinks and various 1bwashings, being ordinances of the flesh, imposed until the time of 2setting things right.
11 But Christ, having come as a aHigh Priest of 1the bgood things that have come into being, through the greater and more perfect ctabernacle not dmade by hands, that is, not of ethis creation,
12 And not through the ablood of goats and calves but through His bown blood, centered donce for all into the eHoly of Holies, 1obtaining an feternal 2redemption.
13 For if the ablood of goats and bulls and the bashes of a heifer csprinkling those who are 1defiled sanctify to the purity of the flesh,
14 How much more will the 1ablood of Christ, who through the 2eternal Spirit boffered Himself cwithout blemish to God, purify our 3dconscience from 4edead works to fserve the 5gliving God?
15 And because of this He is the aMediator of a bnew covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the 1transgressions under the cfirst covenant, those who have been dcalled might receive the 2promise of the 3eternal einheritance.
16 For where there is a 1testament, the death of him who made the testament must of necessity be established.
17 For a 1testament is confirmed 2in the case of the dead, since it never has force when he who made the testament is living.
18 Hence neither was the afirst covenant 1initiated without bblood;
19 For when every commandment according to the law had been spoken by Moses to all the people, he atook the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and bscarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the scroll of the covenant itself and all the people,
20 Saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded to you.''
21 And both the atabernacle and all the vessels of the service he sprinkled in like manner with the blood.
22 And almost all things are purified by blood according to the law, and 1without shedding of ablood there is no forgiveness.
23 It was necessary therefore for the aexamples of the things in the heavens to be purified by these, but the 1heavenly things themselves, by 2bbetter sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ did not aenter into a 1holy place made by hands, a 2bfigure of the ctrue, but into dheaven itself, to appear now before the face of God for us;
25 Nor in order that He might offer Himself often, just as the ahigh priest enters into the bHoly of Holies year by year by the blood of other creatures;
26 Since then He would have had to suffer often asince the foundation of the world. But now bonce at the 1cconsummation of the ages He has been dmanifested for the eputting away of sin through the fsacrifice of Himself.
27 And inasmuch as it is 1reserved for men to adie 2once, and after this comes bjudgment,
28 So Christ also, having been offered aonce to bbear the sins of many, will cappear a second time to those who deagerly await Him, 1apart from sin, unto 2esalvation.