Hebrews 9:1-28, NLT
Old Rules about Worship
1That first covenant between God and Israel had regulations for worship and a place of worship here on earth.
6When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first room*9:6 Greek first tent. as they performed their religious duties.
9This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice
11So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.*9:11 Some manuscripts read that are about to come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
13Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.
16Now when someone leaves a will,*9:16a Or covenant; also in 9:17. it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead.*9:16b Or Now when someone makes a covenant, it is necessary to ratify it with the death of a sacrifice.
18That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal.
23That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
24For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.
27And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,