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Hebrews 9:1–14

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The Earthly Holy Place

Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and man earthly place of holiness. For na tent1 was prepared, the first section, in which were othe lampstand and pthe table and qthe bread of the Presence.2 It is called the Holy Place. Behind rthe second curtain was a second section3 called the Most Holy Place, having the golden saltar of incense and tthe ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was ua golden urn holding the manna, and vAaron’s staff that budded, and wthe tablets of the covenant. Above it were xthe cherubim of glory overshadowing ythe mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

These preparations having thus been made, zthe priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, but into the second only athe high priest goes, and he but aonce a year, and not without taking blood, bwhich he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. By this the Holy Spirit indicates that cthe way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age).4 According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered dthat cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with efood and drink and fvarious washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

Redemption Through the Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest gof the good things that have come,5 then through hthe greater and more perfect tent (inot made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he jentered konce for all into the holy places, not by means of lthe blood of goats and calves but mby means of his own blood, nthus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if othe blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with pthe ashes of a heifer, sanctify6 for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will qthe blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit roffered himself without blemish to God, spurify our7 conscience tfrom dead works uto serve the living God.

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Or tabernacle; also verses 11, 21

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Greek the presentation of the loaves

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Greek tent; also verses 6, 8

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b

See ch. 5:3

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4

Or which is symbolic for the age then present

d

See ch. 7:19

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ch. 10:1

5

Some manuscripts good things to come

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[ver. 24; ch. 8:2]

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ver. 24

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ch. 7:27; 10:10

l

ch. 10:4

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Or For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies

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ch. 7:27; 8:3

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ch. 1:3; 10:22

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Some manuscripts your

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ch. 6:1

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