New American Standard Bible
A Better Ministry
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. 4Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; 5who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, SEE, He says, THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN. 6But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.
8For finding fault with them, He says,
9NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS
10FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
11AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN,
12FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES,
13When He said, A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.