More of the excellence of the priesthood of Christ, and of
the New Testament.
1 Now of the things spoken, the sum is: We have such an high priest, who
is set on the right hand of the throne of majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the holies, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord
hath pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore
it is necessary that he also should have something to offer:
4 If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest: seeing there would
be others who should offer gifts according to the law,
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things. As it was answered
to Moses, when he was to finish the tabernacle: See* (saith he) that thou make all things according to the pattern which was
shewn thee on the mount.
6 But now he hath obtained a better ministry, by how much also he is the
mediator of a better testament, which is established on better promises.
7 For if the former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place
have been sought for a second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith: *Behold, the days shall come,
saith the Lord, when I will make a new testament with the house of Israel and with the house of Juda,
9 Not according to the testament which I made with their fathers, on the
day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt: for they continued not in my testament: and I regarded
them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the testament, which I will make to the house of Israel
after those days, saith the Lord: I will give my laws into their mind, and I will write them in their heart: and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying: Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest of them:
12 Because I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their sins I will
remember no more.
13 Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth
and groweth old, is near its end.
5: Exodus xxv. 40.; Acts vii. 44.
8: Jeremias xxxi. 31.