The New Priestly Service
1Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, ⚓who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2a Minister of ⚓the sanctuary and of ⚓the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
3For ⚓every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore ⚓it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.
4For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;
5who serve ⚓the copy and ⚓shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, ⚓“See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
6But now ⚓He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a ⚓better covenant, which was established on better promises.
A New Covenant
7For if that ⚓first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
8Because finding fault with them, He says: ⚓“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—
9not 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 did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the ⚓Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and ⚓I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
11⚓None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the ⚓Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, ⚓and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
13⚓In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.