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Hebrews 8 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Jesus Is Our High Priest In The True Heavenly Temple

Now[a] the main-point in the things being said is: we have such a High Priest, Who sat-down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, Minister of the Holies[b], indeed[c] of the true tabernacle (which the Lord pitched[d], not a human).

Earthly Priests Serve In a Copy And Shadow of The Heavenly Things

For every high priest is appointed that he might be offering both gifts and sacrifices. Hence it is[e] necessary that this One also have something which He may offer. Now indeed, if He were on earth He would not even be a priest— there being the ones offering the gifts according-to the Law, who are serving a copy and a shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses has been warned, being about to complete the tabernacle: for “See”, He says [in Ex 25:40], “that you make everything according to the pattern having been shown to you on the mountain”.

But Jesus Has a Better Ministry As Mediator of a Better Covenant With Better Promises

But He has now obtained a more-excellent ministry[f], by as much as He is indeed the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises!

For God Promised a New Covenant

For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second. For, finding-fault-with[g] them, He says [in Jer 31:31-34]: “Behold— days are coming, says the Lord, and I will consummate[h] a new covenant for the house of Israel and for the house of Judah; not in accordance with the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day I took-hold-of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not-care-for them, says the Lord. 10 Because this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: Giving My laws into their mind, I will also write them upon their heart. And I will be God to them and they will be a people to Me. 11 And they will by no means each teach his fellow-citizen and each his brother, saying ‘Know[i] the Lord’, because they all will know Me from the small[j] one up to their great one. 12 Because I will be merciful[k] to their wrong-doings, and I will never remember[l] their sins again”.

God Has Thus Made The First Covenant Old

13 In that He says “New”, He has made the first old[m]. And the thing becoming old and growing-aged is near disappearance.


  1. Hebrews 8:1 At this point the writer turns from Christ’s person as High Priest in the order of Melchizedek to His work as High Priest.
  2. Hebrews 8:2 Or, Holy places.
  3. Hebrews 8:2 Or, and.
  4. Hebrews 8:2 Or, set up, erected.
  5. Hebrews 8:3 Or, was; making this a specific reference to the cross instead of a general statement of principle.
  6. Hebrews 8:6 Or, priestly-service.
  7. Hebrews 8:8 Or, blaming.
  8. Hebrews 8:8 Or, accomplish, complete, execute.
  9. Hebrews 8:11 Or, Come-to-know.
  10. Hebrews 8:11 Or, little. That is, insignificant. Or, least... greatest.
  11. Hebrews 8:12 Or, propitious, gracious.
  12. Hebrews 8:12 That is, call-to-mind, keep-in-mind.
  13. Hebrews 8:13 Or, obsolete.
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The High Priest of a New Covenant

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a] But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said[b]:

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
    when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
    and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
    after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
    and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.[c]

13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.


  1. Hebrews 8:5 Exodus 25:40
  2. Hebrews 8:8 Some manuscripts may be translated fault and said to the people.
  3. Hebrews 8:12 Jer. 31:31-34
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