Hebrews 8:2
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New International Version
and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

New Living Translation
There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.

English Standard Version
a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.

New American Standard Bible
a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

King James Bible
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that was set up by the Lord and not man.

International Standard Version
and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tent set up by the Lord and not by any human.

NET Bible
a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he is the Minister of The Holy Place and The True Tabernacle, which God set up, and not man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He serves as priest of the holy place and of the true tent set up by the Lord and not by any human.

Jubilee Bible 2000
a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

King James 2000 Bible
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

American King James Version
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

American Standard Version
a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A minister of the holies, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord hath pitched, and not man.

Darby Bible Translation
minister of the holy places and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord has pitched, [and] not man.

English Revised Version
a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

Webster's Bible Translation
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Weymouth New Testament
and ministers in the Holy place and in the true tabernacle which not man, but the Lord pitched.

World English Bible
a servant of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

Young's Literal Translation
of the holy places a servant, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord did set up, and not man,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-6 The substance, or summary, of what had been declared was, that Christians had such a High Priest as they needed. He took upon himself human nature, appeared on earth, and there gave himself as a sacrifice to God for the sins of his people. We must not dare to approach God, or to present any thing to him, but in and through Christ, depending upon his merits and mediation; for we are accepted only in the Beloved. In all obedience and worship, we should keep close to God's word, which is the only and perfect standard. Christ is the substance and end of the law of righteousness. But the covenant here referred to, was that made with Israel as a nation, securing temporal benefits to them. The promises of all spiritual blessings, and of eternal life, revealed in the gospel, and made sure through Christ, are of infinitely greater value. Let us bless God that we have a High Priest that suits our helpless condition.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - A minister of the sanctuary (τῶν ἁγίων, neuter, as in Hebrews 9:12, equivalent to "the holy places;" cf. Hebrews 9:8; Hebrews 10:19), and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. The sphere of Christ's priestly ministration (λειτουργὸς λειτουργεῖν, λειτουργία, being the recognized words in the LXX. and Josephus for denoting sacerdotal functions, - hence Liturgy) is thus in the first place pointed to as being a heavenly one, symbolized only by the earthly sanctuary. But what is the true tabernacle, in which Christ ministers? Are we to suppose that an actual prototype of the earthly tabernacle is regarded as existing locally beyond the sky? No; it is only implied that there are, in the suprasensuous sphere, facts and relations which are symbolized and made level to our comprehension by local imagery. Still, there may be conceived as present to the writer's mind an ideal picture of a heavenly temple, such as was seen in vision by prophets, and served to aid their conception of realities beyond their ken. Thus in Psalm 29, where the thunderstorm is described, the LORD is conceived, in the introductory and concluding verses, as enthroned above it in his heavenly temple, sitting there a King for ever, and worshipped by the "sons of God." Thus in 1 Kings 22:19 Michaiah sees in vision "the Loud sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him, on his right hand and on his left." In Isaiah 6. this throne is seen as the distinct counterpart of the mercy-seat in the earthly temple, with the winged forms above it, and the "house" filled with the smoke of incense, and live coals upon the altar. Ezekiel's still more remarkable visions (Hebrews 1, 10, 11.) are in like manner enlargements of the idea of the Shechinah in the holy of holies (cf. also Psalm 11:4; Micah 1:2; Hebrews 2:20). Then the visions of St. John in the Revelation have the same basis; there is still seen a glorious counterpart above of the temple below; though now with new accessories, expressive of accomplished redemption. But that St. John's visions are meant only as imagery representing the incomprehensible is evident throughout, and especially from the ideal description of the holy city in Revelation 21, in which ver. 22 is peculiarly significant: "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." In the same way is to be understood the "true tabernacle." If, as we may suppose, the writer had before his mind the prophetic visions of such a heavenly temple, he entertains them only as imaging spiritual facts and relations in the regions of eternity. "Which the Lord pitched," etc., may have reference to Isaiah 42:5, Ὁ ποιήσας τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ πήξας αὐτὸν, LXX.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A minister of the sanctuary,.... The heavenly one, so called, in allusion to the holy of holies, the type of it; and because it is truly an holy place; and which Christ sanctifies and prepares for his people by his presence and intercession: or "of the Holy Ones", or "saints"; who are sanctified or set apart by God, the Father, to whom Christ is made sanctification, and who are made holy by the Spirit of God; to these Christ is a minister; he was so in his prophetic office, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; and in his priestly office, to all the chosen ones, when on earth, offering himself a sacrifice for them, and now he is a minister to them in heaven, interceding for them; and in his kingly office, governing, protecting, and defending them: or "of holy things"; to his people, such as the gifts of his Spirit, grace, and all supplies of it, and at last glory; and for them, presenting their sacrifices of prayer and praise to God, which become acceptable to him through his powerful mediation:

and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man; by which is meant, not heaven, the same with the sanctuary, for this would be an unnecessary tautology, and an explanation of a word by another more obscure; nor is there any reason why it should be added, "which the Lord pitched, and not man"; since everyone must believe that heaven is made by God alone; but rather the church of Christ, which is sometimes called a tabernacle, and is a true one, of which the tabernacle of Moses was a type, and is of God's building, and where Christ ministers, being the high priest over the house of God; though it is best to interpret it of the human nature of Christ, in which he tabernacled among men, and which was typified by the tabernacle of Moses, and therefore is called the "true" one, in distinction from that; for as there God dwelt, and his glory was seen, and he granted his presence to his people, and the sacrifices were brought and offered up there, and to this the people looked when at a distance, and this appeared very coarse without, but within full of holy things; so in Christ's human nature the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily; here the glory of God is seen, even in the face of Jesus; and through him God vouchsafes communion with his people; and by him the sacrifices of prayer and praise are offered up; and to him do the saints look for the acceptance of them; and though in the days of his flesh he looked very mean and despicable, yet was full of grace and truth, and of all the gifts of the Spirit: and the human nature of Christ was not of man; it was not propagated by human generation, but was produced through the power of the Holy Ghost; and in this tabernacle Christ ministered when on earth, and now ministers in heaven.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. minister—The Greek term implies priestly ministry in the temple.

the sanctuary—Greek, "the holy places"; the Holy of Holies. Here the heavenly sanctuary is meant.

the true—the archetypal and antitypical, as contrasted with the typical and symbolical (Heb 9:24). Greek "alethinos" (used here) is opposed to that which does not fulfil its idea, as for instance, a type; "alethes," to that which is untrue and unreal, as a lie. The measure of alethes is reality; that of alethinos, ideality. In alethes the idea corresponds to the thing; in alethinos, the thing to the idea [Kalmis in Alford].

tabernacle—(Heb 9:11). His body. Through His glorified body as the tabernacle, Christ passes into the heavenly "Holy of Holies," the immediate immaterial presence of God, where He intercedes for us. This tabernacle in which God dwells, is where God in Christ meets us who are "members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones." This tabernacle answers to the heavenly Jerusalem, where God's visible presence is to be manifested to His perfected saints and angels, who are united in Christ the Head; in contradistinction to His personal invisible presence in the Holy of Holies unapproachable save to Christ. Joh 1:14, "Word … dwelt among us," Greek, "tabernacled."

pitched—Greek, "fixed" firmly.

not man—as Moses (Heb 8:5).

Hebrews 8:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Eternal Priesthood
1Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. 3For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.…
Cross References
Exodus 25:9
Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.

Exodus 33:7
Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.

Hebrews 9:1
Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.

Hebrews 9:11
But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.

Hebrews 9:24
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.

Hebrews 10:11
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

Revelation 21:3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Treasury of Scripture

A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

minister.

Hebrews 9:8-12 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of …

Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

Exodus 28:1,35 And take you to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from …

Luke 24:44 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you, while …

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for …

the sanctuary. or, holy things. the true.

Hebrews 9:11,23,24 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a …

which.

Hebrews 11:10 For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

Colossians 2:11 In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands…

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