1 BUT the chief thing in addition to what has been said is, that we have such a chief priest who sat on the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord set up, not man. 3 For every chief priest is constituted to offer gifts and sacrifices, whence it was necessary that this man also should have something to offer. 4 For if he had been on earth he would not have been a priest, there being priests to offer, the gifts according to the law, 5 who serve for a symbol and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when about to make the tabernacle; for see, he says, that you make all things after the pattern shown you in the Mount; 6 but now he has obtained a more excellent service, by as much also as he is the mediator of a better covenant, which is established on better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for the second. [But it was not]. 8 For finding fault with them he says, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will make with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, a new covenant, 9 not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, for they continued not in my covenant, and I neglected them, says the Lord. 10 This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws in their minds, and will write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. 11 And they shall not teach every one his [fellow] citizen, and every one his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their wickedness, and their sins and transgressions will I remember no more.