Christ's new covenant superior to the old
A better covenant of better promises with a more excellent ministry
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
of the 2bholy
places, even of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
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
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,
serve the 1aexample
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.''
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
if that 1afirst covenant
had been faultless, no 2place
would have been bsought
for a second.
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,
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.
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.
they shall by no means each ateach
his fellow citizen and each his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all will 1know
Me from the little one to the great one among them.
will be 1propitious
to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I shall by no means remember anymore.''
saying, A anew covenant,
He has made the 1first
old. But that which is becoming old and growing decrepit is near to bdisappearing