¶ NOW above all we have a high priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven;
And he has become the minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which God pitched and not man.
For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices, therefore it is necessary that this man have something to offer also.
For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, because there are priests who offer gifts according to the law,
Who serve the semblance and shadow of heavenly things, just as it was commanded to Moses when he was about to make the tabernacle: See that you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount.
¶ But now Jesus Christ has received a ministry which is greater than that;
just as the covenant in which he was made a mediator is greater, so are the promises greater than those given in the old covenant.
For if the first covenant had been faultless, then there would have been no need for the second.
For he found fault with them and said, Behold, the day is coming, says the Lord, when I will perfect a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt;
and because they abode not in my covenant, I rejected them, says the Lord.
For this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law into their minds and I will write it on their hearts;
and I will be their God and they shall be my people.
And no man shall teach his neighbor, neither his brother, saying, Know the Lord;
for all shall know me, from the youngest to the oldest.
And I will forgive their wickedness and I will no longer remember their sins;
For he has spoken of a new covenant;
the first one has become old, and that which is old and obsolete is near destruction.