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Hebrews 9:22-26

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9:22 Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. 9:23 So it was necessary for the sketches 1  of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, 2  but the heavenly things themselves required 3  better sacrifices than these. 9:24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation 4  of the true sanctuary 5  – but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us. 9:25 And he did not enter to offer 6  himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, 9:26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice.

1 tn Or “prototypes,” “outlines,” referring to the earthly sanctuary. See Heb 8:5 above for the prior use of this term.

2 tn Grk “with these”; in the translation the referent (sacrifices) has been specified for clarity.

3 tn Grk “the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

4 tn Or “prefiguration.”

5 tn The word “sanctuary” is not in the Greek text at this point, but has been supplied for clarity.

6 tn Grk “and not that he might offer,” continuing the previous construction.



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