Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 9


The sacrifices of the law were far inferior to that of Christ.

1 The former indeed had ordinances of worship, and a worldly sanctuary.

2 *For the first tabernacle was made, wherein were the candlesticks, and the table, and the setting forth of loaves, which is called the holy.

3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle, which is called the holy of holies:

4 Having a golden *censer, and the ark of the covenant covered about on every part with gold, in which was the golden urn that had the manna, and the rod of Aaron that had blossomed, and the *tables of the testament.

5 And over it were the cherubims of glory overshadowing the propitiatory: of which it is not needful to speak now particularly.

6 Now these things being thus ordered: into the first tabernacle the priests indeed always entered, accomplishing the rites of the sacrifices:

7 But into the second, the high priest alone, *once a year; not without blood, which he offereth for his own, and the people's ignorance:

8 The Holy Ghost signifying this, that the way of the holies was not yet made manifest, whilst the former tabernacle was yet standing.

9 Which is a parable of the time present: according to which gifts and sacrifices are offered, which cannot, as to the conscience, make him perfect that serveth only in meats and in drinks,

10 And divers washings, and carnal ordinances, enjoined until the time of correction.

11 But Christ coming, a high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hand, that is, not of this creation:

12 Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 *For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of a heifer, being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh:

14 *How much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the Holy Ghost, offered himself without spot to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?

15 And, therefore, he is the mediator of the new testament: *that by means of his death, for the redemption of those transgressions, which were under the former testament, they who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

16 For where there is a testament, the death of the testator must of necessity intervene.

17 For a testament is of force, after men are dead: otherwise it is not yet of force, whilst the testator liveth.

18 Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without blood.

19 For when every commandment of the law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 Saying: *This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you.

21 The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry, in like manner, he sprinkled with blood.

22 And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood: and without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.

23 It is necessary, therefore, that the patterns of heavenly things should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Jesus hath not entered into the holies made with hands, the patterns of the true: but into heaven itself, that he may appear now in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holies every year with the blood of others:

26 For then he ought to have suffered often from the beginning of the world: but now once at the end of ages, he hath appeared for the destruction of sin, by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And as it is appointed for men once to die, and after this the judgment:

28 *So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time he shall appear without sin to them that expect him unto salvation.



2: Exodus xxvi. 1. and xxxvi. 8.

4: Leviticus xvi.; Number xxvi. --- ** 3 Kings viii. 9.; 2 Paralipomenon v. 10.

7: Exodus xxx. 10.; Leviticus xvi. 2.

13: Leviticus xvi. 15.

14: 1 Peter i. 19.; 1 John i. 7.; Apocalypse i. 5.

15: Galatians iii. 15.

20: Exodus xxiv. 8.

28: Romans v. 9.; 1 Peter iii. 18.