1 For since the law cast only a shadow of the blessings to come and did not possess the reality itself of those blessings, the priests with the same sacrifices that are perpetually offered year after year cannot make perfect those who come to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased offering them, because those who offered them, having once been purified, would have had no further consciousness of sins? 3 On the other hand, through these sacrifices there is given a real reminder of their sins, 4 for the blood of bulls and goats is unable to take away sins.
5 So, when Christ was coming into the world, He said: 6 "Sacrifice and offering you did not wish, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings you never took delight. 7 Then I said, 'See, I have come, just as the Scripture writes about me in the book, O God, to do your will.'"
8 Although at first He said, "You never wished or took delight in sacrifices and offerings, burnt-offerings and sin-offerings" -- all of which are repeatedly offered in accordance with the law -- 9 He afterward said, "See, I have come to do your will." He is taking away the first to let the second take its place. 10 It is by this will of God that we are consecrated through the offering of Jesus' body once for all.
11 Every other priest stands officiating day after day and over and over again offering the same sacrifices, although they are unable to take away our sins. 12 But this One offered up once for all and for all time one sacrifice for sins, and once for all took His seat at God's right hand, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies should be made the footstool of His feet. 14 For by that one sacrifice He has made perfect for all time those who are consecrated to Him. 15 Now the Holy Spirit, too, gives us the testimony, for after saying:
16 "'This is the covenant that I will make with them: In those last days,' says the Lord, 'I will put my laws into their hearts, and write them on their minds,'"
17 He continues to say: "I will never, never any more recall their sins and deeds of wrong."
18 For when these are forgiven, there is no more need of an offering for sin.
19 Since then, my brothers, we have free access to the real sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, 20 the new and living way which He opened for us, through the curtain, that is, His physical nature, 21 and since in Him we have a Great Priest over the house of God, 22 let us continue to draw near to God with sincere hearts and perfect faith; with our hearts cleansed from the sense of sin, and our bodies bathed in clean water; 23 let us, without ever wavering, keep on holding to the hope that we profess, for He is to be trusted who has made the promise, 24 Let us continue so to consider one another as to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. 25 Let us stop neglecting our meeting together, as some do, but let us continue to encourage one another, and all the more because you see that the great day is drawing near.
26 For if we go willfully sinning after we have received full knowledge of the truth, there is no sacrifice left to be offered for our sins, 27 but only a terrifying prospect of judgment and that fiery indignation which is going to devour God's enemies. 28 Anyone who breaks the law of Moses pays the death penalty without any show of pity, on the evidence of two or three witnesses only. 29 How much severer punishment do you suppose that one deserves who tramples the Son of God underfoot, and counts as a common thing the blood of the covenant by which he was consecrated, and has insulted the Spirit that grants God's unmerited favor? 30 For we know who it was that said, "Vengeance belongs to me, I will pay back!" and again, "The Lord will be His people's judge." 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the ever living God!
32 But you must continue to remember those earlier days when first you received the light and then endured so great a struggle with persecution, 33 partly by being exposed as a public spectacle to insults and violent sufferings, and partly by showing yourselves ready to share with those who were living in this condition. 34 For you showed sympathy with those who were in prison and cheerfully submitted to the violent seizure of your property, for you knew that you had in yourselves and in heaven one that was lasting. 35 So you must never give up your confident courage, for it holds a rich reward for you. 36 Indeed, to carry out the will of God and to receive the blessing He has promised, you need endurance, for:
37 "In just a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay; 38 Meantime, my righteous servant will live by faith. But if a man draws back, my soul has no delight in him."
39 But we are not of a disposition to draw back so as to perish, but we have faith that leads to the saving of the soul.