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,

Berean Study Bible
Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,

Berean Literal Bible
Now behind the second veil was a tabernacle, being called the Holy of Holies,

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.

New Heart English Bible
After the second veil was the tabernacle which is 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.

New American Standard 1977
And behind the second veil, there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

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,'
Study Bible
The Earthly Tabernacle
2A tabernacle was constructed. In its first room were the lampstand, the table, and the consecrated bread. This was called the Holy Place. 3Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4containing the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. Inside the ark were the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.…
Cross References
Exodus 26:31
"You shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.

Exodus 26:33
"You shall hang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring in the ark of the testimony there within the veil; and the veil shall serve for you as a partition between the holy place and the holy of holies.

Exodus 40:3
"You shall place the ark of the testimony there, and you shall screen the ark with the veil.

Numbers 4:5
"When the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons shall go in and they shall take down the veil of the screen and cover the ark of the testimony with it;

1 Kings 6:16
He built twenty cubits on the rear part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the ceiling; he built them for it on the inside as an inner sanctuary, even as the most holy place.

Ezekiel 41:4
He measured its length, twenty cubits, and the width, twenty cubits, before the nave; and he said to me, "This is the most holy place."

Matthew 27:51
At that moment the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.

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

Hebrews 9:7
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and then 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 the new and living way opened for us through the curtain of His body,
Treasury of Scripture

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 …

(3) The tabernacle.--Rather, a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies. This literal translation of a Hebrew expression for "most holy" does not occur in the Bible, but has become familiar through the Latin sanctum sanctorum. The inner chamber of the Tabernacle is in a few passages only mentioned separately in the Pentateuch as the "Most Holy Place"

(Exodus 26:33-34), or "the Holy Place" (Leviticus 16:2, et al.). In the description of the Temple a different word is employed, always rendered "oracle" (1Kings 6:16, et al.). The veil separating the two divisions (described in Exodus 26:31; Exodus 36:35) is here called the second veil, by way of distinction from the "hanging for the door" of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26:36; Exodus 36:37).

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. 1.3. 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."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.
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