For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
2 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
3 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people, and they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
4 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
5 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.
6 Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
7 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
8 For there was a tabernacle made, the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary.
9 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the holiest of all, which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant, and over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat, of which we cannot now speak particularly.
10 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
11 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people, the Holy Ghost signifying this that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as yet the first tabernacle was standing, which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience, which consisted only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
12 But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building, neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
14 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new covenant, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, they which are called might receive the promise of Eternal inheritance.
15 For where a covenant is, there must also of necessity be the death of the victim.
16 For a covenant is of force after the victim is dead, otherwise it is of no strength at all while the victim liveth.
17 Whereupon neither the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
18 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God hath enjoined unto you.
19 Moreover he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
20 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and without shedding of blood is no remission.
21 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
22 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us, nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others, for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world, but now once in the meridian of time hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
23 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment, so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and he shall appear the second time, without sin unto salvation unto them that look for him.
24 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offered continually year by year make the comers thereunto perfect.
25 For then would they not have ceased to be offered?
26 because that the worshipers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
27 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
28 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
29 Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me, in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
30 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God.
31 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein, which are offered by the law, then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
32 He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
33 By which will we are sanctified through the offering once of the body of Jesus Christ.
34 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God, from henceforth to reign until his enemies be made his footstool.
35 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
36 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us, for after that he had said before, this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
37 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
38 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh, and having such an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
39 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful that promised, and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
40 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
41 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses, of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
42 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.
43 And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
44 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
45 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions, partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions, and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
46 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
47 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
48 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
49 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.