1 Of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum: that we have such a high priest, that is sitten on the righthand of the seat of majesty in heaven; 2 and is a minister of holy things, and of the very tabernacle which God pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity, that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For he were not a priest, if he were on the earth where are priests that according to the law offer gifts, 5 which priests serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things: even as the answer of God was given unto Moses when he was about to finish the tabernacle: "For take heed," said he, "that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount." 6 Now hath he obtained a more excellent office, inasmuch as he is the mediator of a better testament, which was made for better promises.
7 For if that first testament had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For in rebuking them he saith, "Behold the days will come, saith the Lord, and I will finish upon the house of Israel, and upon the house of Judah, a new testament; 9 not like the testament that I made with their fathers at that time, when I took them by the hands, 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 that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws in their minds, and in their hearts, I will write them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 11 And they shall not teach, every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'know the Lord': For they shall know me, from the least to the most of them. 12 For I will be merciful over their unrighteousness, and on their sins and on their iniquities."