Chapter 9Hebrews

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1 Now even the first had ordinances of service, and its worldly :sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared, the first, wherein are the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the Holies. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle called Holies of holies; 4 having a golden †altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid everywhere with gold, wherein is a golden pot holding the manna, and the rod of Aaron that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the †mercy-seat; of which things one cannot now speak severally. 6 Now these having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services; 7 but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offereth for himself, and for the ignorances of the people: 8 the Holy :Spirit this signifying, that the way into the holy place hath not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle is yet standing; 9 which is a parable for the present :season; according to which are offered both gifts and sacrifices that cannot, as to conscience, perfect the worshiper; 10 being only (with meats and drinks and diverse baptisms) carnal ordinances, imposed until a season of reformation. 11 But Christ having come a high priest of the good things that are come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is, not of this :creation, 12 nor yet through blood of goats and calves, but through his own :blood, entered once for all into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling the defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh: 14 how much more shall the blood of the Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to :God, cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve a living God? 15 And for this cause he is mediator of a new †covenant, so that a death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions :under the first covenant, the called may receive the promise of the eternal inheri tance. 16 For where a testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him that made it. 17 For a testament is of force over the dead: for it doth not then avail when he that made it liveth. 18 Hence even the first covenant hath not been dedicated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to the whole people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and the whole people, 20 saying, This is the blood of the covenant which :God commanded toward you. 21 Moreover the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry he sprinkled likewise with the blood. 22 And according to the law, almost all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens be cleansed with these; but the heavenlies themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ entered not into holies made with hands, antitypes of the true; but into the very heaven, now to appear before the face of :God for us; 25 nor yet that he offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holies yearly with blood not his own; 26 else must he often have suffered since the world’s foundation: but now once at the consummation of the ages hath he been manifested to put away :sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And inasmuch as it is laid up for :men once to die, and after this—judgment; 28 thus also the Christ, having been once offered to :bear sins of many, shall appear a second time, without sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation.

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