1 Now the sum of the things that have been said is this, that we have such an high-priest, who is sat down at the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens; 2 a minister of holy things, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord hath raised, and not man. 3 For every high-priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; wherefore it was necessary that He also should have something to offer. 4 For if He were on earth, He could not be a priest, seeing there are priests already that offer gifts according to the law: 5 who worship under the representation and shadow of heavenly things; as Moses was ordered by God, when he was about to finish the tabernacle. For see, saith He, that thou make all according to the model shewn thee in the mount. 6 But now He hath obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which is established upon better promises.
7 For if the first covenant had been unexceptionable, there had been no room for a second: 8 as we see there was, for after complaining of them, He adds, "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 9 not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, and I will inscribe them on 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 neighbour, and every one his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the lest even to the greatest of them. 12 For I will forgive their crimes, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more."