Christ, our great high priest in the heavens, hath a more excellent ministry than the priests on earth: as he is also the mediator of a better covenant than that which was given to Moses.
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: 1We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 1A minister aof the sanctuary, and of 2the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 1For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For 1if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that athere are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
5 Who serve 1unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: 2for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
6 1But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is 2the mediator of a better acovenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 1For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, 1Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 1Not according to the covenant 2that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; 3because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For 1this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will 2aput my laws into their mind, and write them bin their hearts: and 3I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, 1Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 1For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, 1A new covenant, he hath made the first old. 2Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.