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Hebrews 10:19-21

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Drawing Near to God in Enduring Faith

10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, 1  since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us 2  through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 3  10:21 and since we have a great priest 4  over the house of God,

1 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 2:11.

2 tn Grk “that he inaugurated for us as a fresh and living way,” referring to the entrance mentioned in v. 19.

3 sn Through his flesh. In a bold shift the writer changes from a spatial phrase (Christ opened the way through the curtain into the inner sanctuary) to an instrumental phrase (he did this through [by means of] his flesh in his sacrifice of himself), associating the two in an allusion to the splitting of the curtain in the temple from top to bottom (Matt 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45). Just as the curtain was split, so Christ’s body was broken for us, to give us access into God’s presence.

4 tn Grk “and a great priest,” continuing the construction begun in v. 19.



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