8 And, the main point for what we are talking about, we have such a high priest as has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of majesty in the heavens, 2* a ministrant of the true sanctuary and the true tent which the Lord pitched, not a man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; whence it is necessary that this one too should have something to offer. 4 If then he were on earth he would not be a priest at all, there being those who offer the gifts in accordance with the law, 5 who perform the service of a model and shadow of the heavenly, as Moses had the revelation made to him when he was going to execute the Tent; for it says “See that you make everything in conformity with the figure that was showed you on the mountain.” 6 But now he enjoys a more transcendent ministry insofar as he is also mediator of a better covenant which has its legislation on the basis of better promises.
7* For if that first one had been irreproachable there would be no looking for a place for a second. 8 For he says, reproaching them, “Here are days coming, says the Lord, that I will execute regarding the house of Israel and the house of Judah a new covenant— 9 not like the covenant I made for their fathers on the day of my taking them by the hand to bring them out of Egypt, because they did not adhere to my covenant and I left them to themselves, says the Lord; 10 because this is the covenant I will establish for the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord, putting my laws into their mind and inscribing them on their hearts, and they shall have me for their God and I will have them for my people, 11 and they shall not be each teaching his fellow-citizen and each his brother ‘Know the Lord,’ because they shall all know me from the least to the greatest of them, 12 because I will be gracious to their wrong-doings and will no longer remember their sins.” 13 In saying “new” he has antiquated the first one; but what is being antiquated and showing its old age is somewhere near disappearance.