9:1 The first therefore also indeed had ordinances of service, and the sanctuary, a worldly one.
9:2 For a tabernacle was set up; the first, in which [were] both the candlestick and the table and the exposition of the loaves, which is called Holy;
9:3 but after the second veil a tabernacle which is called Holy of holies,
9:4 having a golden censer, and the ark of the covenant, covered round in every part with gold, in which [were] the golden pot that had the manna, and the rod of Aaron that had sprouted, and the tables of the covenant;
9:5 and above over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy-seat; concerning which it is not now [the time] to speak in detail.
9:6 Now these things being thus ordered, into the first tabernacle the priests enter at all times, accomplishing the services;
9:7 but into the second, the high priest only, once a year, not without blood, which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people:
9:8 the Holy Spirit shewing this, that the way of the [holy of] holies has not yet been made manifest while as yet the first tabernacle has [its] standing;
9:9 the which [is] an image for the present time, according to which both gifts and sacrifices, unable to perfect as to conscience him that worshipped, are offered,
9:10 [consisting] only of meats and drinks and divers washings, ordinances of flesh, imposed until [the] time of setting things right.
9:11 But Christ being come high priest of the good things to come, by the better and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, (that is, not of this creation,)
9:12 nor by blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, has entered in once for all into the [holy of] holies, having found an eternal redemption.
9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and a heifer's ashes sprinkling the defiled, sanctifies for the purity of the flesh,
9:14 how much rather shall the blood of the Christ, who by the eternal Spirit offered himself spotless to God, purify your conscience from dead works to worship [the] living God?
9:15 And for this reason he is mediator of a new covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, the called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
9:16 (For where [there is] a testament, the death of the testator must needs come in.
9:17 For a testament [is] of force when men are dead, since it is in no way of force while the testator is alive.)
9:18 Whence neither the first was inaugurated without blood.
9:19 For every commandment having been spoken according to [the] law by Moses to all the people; having taken the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, he sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
9:20 saying, This [is] the blood of the covenant which God has enjoined to you.
9:21 And the tabernacle too and all the vessels of service he sprinkled in like manner with blood;
9:22 and almost all things are purified with blood according to the law, and without blood-shedding there is no remission.
9:23 [It was] necessary then that the figurative representations of the things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with sacrifices better than these.
9:24 For the Christ is not entered into holy places made with hand, figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear before the face of God for us:
9:25 nor in order that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy places every year with blood not his own;
9:26 since he had [then] been obliged often to suffer from the foundation of the world. But now once in the consummation of the ages he has been manifested for [the] putting away of sin by his sacrifice.
9:27 And forasmuch as it is the portion of men once to die, and after this judgment;
9:28 thus the Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall appear to those that look for him the second time without sin for salvation.
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