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Hebrews 8

Christ Is Our High Priest
 1  Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.  2  There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, [2]  the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.
   3  And since every high priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices, our High Priest must make an offering, too.  4  If he were here on earth, he would not even be a priest, since there already are priests who offer the gifts required by the law.  5  They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: "Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain." [5] 
   6  But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.    7  If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it.  8  But when God found fault with the people, he said:

"The day is coming, says the LORD,
  when I will make a new covenant
  with the people of Israel and Judah.
 9  This covenant will not be like the one
  I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
  and led them out of the land of Egypt.
They did not remain faithful to my covenant,
  so I turned my back on them, says the LORD.
 10  "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people."  11  And they will not need to teach their neighbors,
  nor will they need to teach their relatives, [11] 
  saying, `You should know the LORD.'
For everyone, from the least to the greatest,
  will know me already.
 12  "And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."  13  When God speaks of a "new" covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.
<<  8:2 Or tent; also in 8:5.
<<  8:5 Exod 25:40; 26:30.
<<  8:10 Greek after those days.
<<  8:11 Greek their brother.
<<  8:8-12 Jer 31:31-34.