D. Christ's New Covenant
Superior to the Old
1. A Better Covenant of Better Promises
with a More Excellent Ministry
1 Now in the things which are being said the chief point is this: We have such a aHigh Priest, who sat down on the bright hand of the cthrone of the dMajesty in the 1heavens,
2 A 1aMinister of the 2bholy places, even of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
3 For every high priest is established for the aoffering of both 1gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary that this One also have something which He may boffer.
4 Now then if He were on earth, He would not be a Priest at all, there being those who offer the gifts according to the law,
5 Who serve the 1aexample and bshadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to complete the tabernacle; for, c"See,'' He said, "that you make all things according to the pattern that was shown to you in the mountain.''
6 But now He has obtained a more excellent 1ministry inasmuch as He is also the 2aMediator of a 3bbetter ccovenant, which has been 4enacted upon 5better dpromises.
7 For if that 1afirst covenant had been faultless, no 2place would have been bsought for a 1second.
8 For finding fault with them He says, a"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, and I will consummate a bnew covenant upon the house of Israel and upon the house of Judah,
9 Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
10 For athis is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will impart My 1laws into their 2mind, and on their hearts I will 3inscribe them; and 4I will be God to them, and 5they will be a people to Me.
11 And they shall by no means each ateach his fellow citizen and each his brother, saying, 1Know the Lord; for all will 1know Me from the little one to the great one among them.
12 For aI will be 1propitious to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I shall by no means remember anymore.''
13 In saying, A anew covenant, He has made the 1first old. But that which is becoming old and growing decrepit is near to bdisappearing.