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Hebrews

8:1Now here is the point of what’s being said. This is the kind of Ruling Priest we have: One who is seated to the right of the Throne of Majesty in the heavens,8:2and who officiates in the holy place of the true Tent of Meeting pitched not by humans but by the Master.8:3Every priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, so this One must also bring an offering.8:4Ironically, on earth he would not even be a priest at all, since there are already priests offering gifts according to the law.8:5But they offer divine service that is only a shadow and pattern of the heavenly ones. For that same reason Moses was instructed about how to complete the Tent of Meeting; “See to it that you make everything according to the model you were shown in the mountain.”

8:6Yet now this One has come to a superior divine service, by virtue of the fact that he is the mediator of a superior contract, one based upon superior promises.8:7For if that first one had been blameless, there would have been no need to look for a second.8:8He lays blame by saying this:

“Look! The days are coming,” says the Master, “when I will confirm a new contract with the houses of Israel and Judah,8:9not like the old one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke their old contract with me and I neglected them.8:10But here is the new contract I will make with the house of Israel in those last days,” says the Master. “I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God and they will be my people.8:11Then they will no longer teach each other to know the Master, because everyone will know me, from the smallest to the greatest of them.8:12For I will be appeased to their injustices and forget their failures.”

8:13So he is saying that the old one is fading away, old and weak and almost gone.