1 Now in the things we are saying the chief point is: We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister of the holies, and of the true :tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices: whence it is necessary that this one also have aught to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according to law 5 (the which serve a copy and shadow of the heavenlies, even as Moses when about to complete the tabernacle is warned: for, See, saith he, thou make all things according to the pattern :shown thee in the mount). 6 But now hath he obtained a ministry the more superior, by so much as he is also mediator of a better covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises. 7 For if that :first had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second. 8 For blaming them he saith,
Lo, days come, saith the Lord,
That I will accomplish a new covenant over the house of Israel and over the house of Judah;
9 Not according to the covenant that I made for their :fathers In the day that I took them by their :hands to lead them forth out of Egypt land:
For they continued not in my :covenant, And I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will covenant for the house of Israel
After those :days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their :mind,
And on their †heart also will I write them: And I will be God to them,
11 And they shall be a people to me:
And they shall each in nowise teach his :fellow-citizen, And each his :brother, saying, Know the Lord:
For all shall know me,
From the least to the greatest of them,
12 Because I will be merciful to their :iniquities, And their :sins will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new, he hath made old the first. But what becometh old, yea aged, is nigh vanishing away.