Hebrews – Chapter 8

Hebrews 8:1-13 from the Commentary in Translation Version

The entire book of Hebrews is geared to teaching a group of Christians who were in danger of falling away the superiority of the New Covenant. In this chapter, the writer draws out the fact that the High Priest that we have in Christ is eternal as opposed to the temporal Levite, calling the Law the shadow of the reality of what Christ has done. This is leading to the warning we find in chapter 10.

(1)  Now, in the consideration of the things being spoken, this is the essence: We have such a High Priest who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
(2)  He is a minister of the holy places and of the genuine tabernacle which the LORD made and not man.
(3)  For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore, it is necessary for this one also to have something that he should offer,
(4)  For, indeed, if he were on earth, he would be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the Law, who sacredly serve a figure and a shadow of heavenly things.
(5)  Moses, who was about to erect the tabernacle, was warned of God: See, said the LORD, that you make all things according to the impressed pattern that was shown to you in the mountain.
(6)  But now our High Priest has obtained a ministry far superior, to which he is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.
(7)  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then there would not have been a constant searching for a second.
(8)  For finding fault with the people, He says: Behold! The days are coming, says the LORD, then I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
(9)  It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand, to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt because they did not continue in my covenant, and I neglected them, says the Lord.
(10)  For this is the covenant that I will draw-up with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws into their minds and inscribe them in their hearts; I will be to them a God and they shall be to me a people.
(11)  And by no means will they teach their neighbor, saying: Learn from me about the LORD; for all will come to know me by acquaintance, from the least to the greatest.
(12)  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness; their sins and their iniquities will I remember anymore.
(13)  When the LORD says ‘new’, he has made the first old, and what is declared obsolete and grows aged, is read to be abolished.

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