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Hebrews 10 Revised Geneva Translation (RGT)

10 For the law, having the shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the things, can never - with those sacrifices which they offer year by year continually - sanctify those who come to it.

For would they not, then, have ceased to have been offered, because those who offer (once purged) would have had no more consciousness of sins?

But in those sacrifices, there is a remembrance of sins again every year.

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You do not desire, but a body have You prepared for Me.

“In burnt offerings and sin offerings You have had no pleasure.

“Then I said, ‘Lo, I come. In the beginning of the book it is written of Me, that I should do Your will, O God’.”

Previously, when He said, “Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings, and sin offerings, You do not desire, nor had pleasure therein (which are offered by the Law).”

Then He said, “Lo, I come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first, so that He may establish the second.

10 By which will we are sanctified; by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily, ministering, frequently offering the same sacrifice (which can never take away sins).

12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins, sits forever at the right hand of God.

13 And since that time, He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool.

14 For with one offering, He has forever consecrated those who are sanctified.

15 For the Holy Ghost also bears us witness. For after He had said before,

16 “This is the Testament that I will make to them after those days, says the Lord, ‘I will put my Laws in their heart, and I will write them in their minds.’”

17 And, “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

18 Now where there is remission of these things, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Seeing therefore, brothers, that by the blood of Jesus we may be bold to enter into the Holy Place,

20 By the new and living way through the veil, which He has prepared for us (that is, His flesh).

21 And seeing we have a High Priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a true heart, in assurance of faith; our hearts being sprinkled clean from an evil conscience

23 and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep the profession of our hope without wavering. For He Who promised is faithful.

24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and to good works,

25 not forsaking the fellowship that we have among ourselves (as is the manner of some). But let us exhort one another, and so much more so because you see that the Day draws near.

26 For if we sin willingly after we have received and acknowledged the Truth, sacrifice for sins no longer remains;

27 but rather a fearful expectation of judgment and violent fire, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 Anyone who ignores Moses’ Law dies without mercy upon two or three witnesses.

29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, shall he be worthy who treads the Son of God under foot, and counts the blood of the Testament (with which he was sanctified) as an unholy thing, insulting the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know Him Who has said, “Vengeance belongs to Me. I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord shall judge His people.”

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Now call to remembrance the days that are passed in which - after you had received light - you endured a great fight in afflictions;

33 partly while you were made a spectacle by both reproaches and afflictions and partly while you became companions of those who were so tossed to and fro.

34 For you sorrowed with me for my bonds; and also joyfully suffered the plundering of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have a better and an enduring substance in Heaven.

35 Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

36 For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God you might receive the promise.

37 For yet a very little while and He Who shall come, will come, and will not wait.

38 For “The just shall live by faith. But if anyone withdraws himself, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

39 However, we are not those who withdraw into destruction, but those who follow faith to the preservation of the soul.

Revised Geneva Translation (RGT)

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Hebrews 10 New International Version (NIV)

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll
    I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”[b]

17 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”[c]

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[e] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”[f]

38 And,

“But my righteous[g] one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”[h]

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.


  1. Hebrews 10:7 Psalm 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
  2. Hebrews 10:16 Jer. 31:33
  3. Hebrews 10:17 Jer. 31:34
  4. Hebrews 10:30 Deut. 32:35
  5. Hebrews 10:30 Deut. 32:36; Psalm 135:14
  6. Hebrews 10:37 Isaiah 26:20; Hab. 2:3
  7. Hebrews 10:38 Some early manuscripts But the righteous
  8. Hebrews 10:38 Hab. 2:4 (see Septuagint)
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