Hebrews 9:3
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New International Version
Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,

New Living Translation
Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place.

English Standard Version
Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place,

New American Standard Bible
Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

King James Bible
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Behind the second curtain, the tabernacle was called the most holy place.

International Standard Version
Behind the second curtain was the part of the tent called the Most Holy Place,

NET Bible
And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the inner Tabernacle from within the second veil was called The Holy of Holies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Behind the second curtain was the part of the tent called the most holy place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

King James 2000 Bible
And behind the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

American King James Version
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

American Standard Version
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after the second veil, the tabernacle, which is called the holy of holies:

Darby Bible Translation
but after the second veil a tabernacle which is called Holy of holies,

English Revised Version
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies;

Webster's Bible Translation
And after the second vail, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

Weymouth New Testament
And behind the second veil was a sacred tent called the Holy of holies.

World English Bible
After the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

Young's Literal Translation
and after the second vail a tabernacle that is called 'Holy of holies,'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-5 The apostle shows to the Hebrews the typical reference of their ceremonies to Christ. The tabernacle was a movable temple, shadowing forth the unsettled state of the church upon earth, and the human nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom the fulness of the Godhead dwelt bodily. The typical meaning of these things has been shown in former remarks, and the ordinances and articles of the Mosaic covenant point out Christ as our Light, and as the Bread of life to our souls; and remind us of his Divine Person, his holy priesthood, perfect righteousness, and all-prevailing intercession. Thus was the Lord Jesus Christ, all and in all, from the beginning. And as interpreted by the gospel, these things are a glorious representation of the wisdom of God, and confirm faith in Him who was prefigured by them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And after the second vail,.... Were there more vails than one? the Scripture speaks but of one, Exodus 26:31 there was indeed an hanging for the door of the tent, but that is not called a vail; nor was there more than one vail in the tabernacle, nor in the temple of Solomon; but in the second temple, under which the apostle lived, there were two vails, which divided between the holy place, and the holy of holies; and the innermost of these the apostle means: and so the Jewish writers (r) constantly affirm, that there were two vails between the said places, and that two new ones were made every year (s). So on the day of atonement, when the high priest went into the most holy place, with the incense, it is said (t), that

"he walked in the temple till he came between , "the two vails", which divide between the holy, and holy of holies, and there was the space of a cubit between them.''

The reason of these two vails may be seen in the account Maimonides gives of this matter (u):

"in the first temple there was a wall which divided between the holy, and holy of holies, the thickness of a cubit; but when they built the second temple, it was doubted by them, whether the thickness of the wall was of the measure of the holy place, or of the measure of the holy of holies; wherefore they made the holy of holies twenty cubits complete, and the holy place forty cubits complete, and they left the space of a cubit between the holy, and the holy of holies; and they did not build a wall in the second temple, but they made , "two vails", one on the side of the holy of holies, and the other on the side of the holy place, and between them a cubit answerable to the thickness of the wall, which was in the first temple; but in the first temple there was but one vail only, as it is said, Exodus 26:33 and the vail shall divide unto you, &c.''

And to this account other Jewish writers (w) agree; and the space between the two vails is called by them (x), from the trouble and perplexity this affair gave them. This vail, or vails, might represent the sin of man, which separates between God and men, excludes from heaven; but is removed by the death of Christ, when the vail was rent in twain; so that now there is an open way to heaven; Christ has entered into it by his own blood; and saints have boldness to enter there by faith and hope now, and shall hereafter personally enter into it: or else this vail may signify the ceremonial law, which separated between Jew and Gentile, and is abolished by the death of Christ: or rather it was typical of the flesh, or human nature of Christ, called the vail of his flesh, Hebrews 10:20. Now within this second vail was

the tabernacle, or that part of it, the second part,

which is called the holiest of all; which was either typical of Christ, who is called the most Holy, Daniel 9:24 he being so in both natures, divine and human; or of heaven, for the holy places, made with hands, were figures of heaven, Hebrews 9:24 for its holiness, it being the habitation of the holy God, holy angels, and spirits of just men made perfect; and for its invisibility, and the unseen things which faith and hope, which enter within the vail, are the evidence of; and for the things that are in it, typified by the following ones.

(r) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 54. 1. & Cetubot, fol. 106. 1. Vid. Philo de Vita Mosis, l. 3. p. 667. (s) Misn. Shekalim, c. 8. sect. 5. Maimon. Cele Hamikdash, c. 7. sect. 16. (t) Misna Yoma, c. 5. sect. 1. Vid. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 10. fol. 8. 3.((u) Hilchot Beth Habbechira, c. 4. sect. 2.((w) Gloss. & Tosephot in T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 51. 2. & Bartenora in Misn. Yoma, c. 5. sect. 1. & in Middot, c. 4. sect. 7. (x) Misn. Middot ib. & T. Bab. Yoma ib. & Gloss. in T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 106. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. And—Greek, "But."

after—behind; within.

second veil—There were two veils or curtains, one before the Holy of Holies (catapetasma), here alluded to, the other before the tabernacle door (calumma).

called—as opposed to "the true."

Hebrews 9:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Earthly Tabernacle
2For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place. 3Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, 4having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;…
Cross References
Exodus 26:31
"Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker.

Exodus 26:33
Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

Exodus 40:3
Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain.

Numbers 4:5
When the camp is to move, Aaron and his sons are to go in and take down the shielding curtain and put it over the ark of the covenant law.

1 Kings 6:16
He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.

Ezekiel 41:4
And he measured the length of the inner sanctuary; it was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits across the end of the main hall. He said to me, "This is the Most Holy Place."

Matthew 27:51
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

Hebrews 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

Hebrews 9:7
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

Hebrews 10:20
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
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And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

the second.

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, …

Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through …

Exodus 26:31-33 And you shall make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine …

Exodus 36:35-38 And he made a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined …

Exodus 40:3,21 And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the …

2 Chronicles 3:14 And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, …

Isaiah 25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast …

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top …

the Holiest.

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

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by …

1 Kings 8:6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD to …

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