A comparison of various recent translations of the Holy Bible with
the King James Version provides the opportunity to sort out the biases and prejudices of
all the translators, including the recent ones. Their tendency to add words which
fit their individual agendas which were never there in the first place has never been made
more clear than it is in Hebrews 9 which judeochristians proclaim does away with
"sacrificial laws" or "animal sacrifice" [read: God's Law, or the
Nothing could be further from the truth. A close, objective
examination of the Scripture shows that the author of Hebrews never intended to abolish
God's Law, and those who claim he did make a mockery of our intelligence.
There are many words added to all translations which confuse the
issue and expose the various biases, but focusing only on whether or not Christ intended
to abolish God's Law, or whether or not the author of Hebrews intended to disobey Christ's
Commandments, the following statements become key:
9:13 for if the blood of bulls, and goats, and ashes of
an heifer, sprinkling those defiled, doth sanctify to the purifying of the flesh,
Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood
of the Christ (who through the age-during Spirit did offer himself unblemished to God)
purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
It cannot be presumed from such a statement that either Christ nor
the author of Hebrews intended to do away with "the purifying of the flesh".
What must be understood is that Christ added an additional requirement to those who
believe in Him, which is to "purify your
conscience". Since it is stated that God's remedy for
"purifying the flesh" is valid, it cannot be assumed that adding a requirement
to "purify the conscience" eliminates the need to "purify the flesh".
The most egregious translation was from Hebrews 9:12 in the
Contemporary English Version:
Then Christ went once for all into the most holy place and freed us from
sin forever. He did this by offering his own blood instead of the blood of goats and
Compare that to the King James Version, the Literal Translation of
the Bible, and Young's Literal Translation:
Neither3761 by1223 the blood129 of goats5131 and2532 calves,3448 but1161 by1223 his own2398 blood129 he entered
in1525 once2178 into1519 the3588 holy place,39 having
obtained2147 eternal166 redemption3085 for us.
nor through the blood of goats and of calves, but through His own blood, He entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, having procured
neither through blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood,
did enter in once into the holy places, age-during redemption having obtained;
The KJV translators began the disinformation campaign with
this Scripture when they added "for us" [note the italics], because this
redemption was not for us, but for the ancestors of those who lived during Christ's time.
This was the payment of debts retroactively, rather than in the future, to our age.
Even if you argued that "for us" belongs there, you must come to terms
with who "us" was--it was Christ's contemporaries and their ancestors, not us,
King James Version with Strong's Numbers:
Heb 9:1 Then3767 verily3303 the3588 first4413 covenant had2192 also2532 ordinances1345 of
divine service,2999 and5037 a worldly2886 sanctuary.39
Heb 9:2 For1063 there was a tabernacle4633 made;2680 the3588 first,4413 wherein1722, 3739 was the(5037,
3739) candlestick,3087 and2532 the3588 table,5132 and2532 the3588 shewbread;4286, 740 which3748 is called3004 the sanctuary.39
Heb 9:3 And1161 after3326 the3588 second1208 veil,2665 the tabernacle4633 which is called3004 the holiest of all;39, 39
Heb 9:4 Which had2192 the golden5552 censer,2369 and2532 the3588 ark2787 of the3588 covenant1242
overlaid4028 round about3840 with gold,5552 wherein1722,
3739 was the golden5553 pot4713 that had2192 manna,3131 and2532 Aaron's2 rod4464 that budded,985 and2532 the3588 tables4109 of the3588 covenant;1242
Heb 9:5 And1161 over5231 it846 the cherubim5502 of
glory1391 shadowing2683 the3588 mercy seat;2435 of4012 which3739 we cannot2076, 3756 now3568 speak3004 particularly.2596, 3313
Heb 9:6 Now1161 when these things5130 were thus3779 ordained,2680 the3588 priests2409 went1524 always1275 into1519 (3303) the3588 first4413 tabernacle,4633 accomplishing2005 the3588 service2999 of God.
Heb 9:7 But1161 into1519 the3588 second1208 went the3588 high priest749 alone3441 once530 every year,1763 not3756 without5565 blood,129 which3739 he offered4374 for5228 himself,1438 and2532 for the3588 errors51 of the3588 people:2992
Heb 9:8 The3588 Holy40 Ghost4151 this5124 signifying,1213 that the3588 way3598 into the3588 holiest
of all39 was not yet3380 made manifest,5319 while as the3588 first4413 tabernacle4633 was2192 yet2089 standing:4714
Heb 9:9 Which3748 was a figure3850 for1519 the3588 time2540 then present,1764 in2596 which3739 were offered4374 both5037 gifts1435 and2532 sacrifices,2378 that could1410 not3361 make him
that did the service perfect,5048, 3588, 3000 as pertaining2596 to
Heb 9:10 Which stood only3440 in1909 meats1033 and2532 drinks,4188 and2532 divers1313 washings,909 and2532 carnal4561 ordinances,1345 imposed1945 on them until3360 the time2540 of reformation.1357
Heb 9:11 But1161 Christ5547 being come3854 a high priest749 of
good things18 to come,3195 by1223 a greater3187 and2532 more perfect5046 tabernacle,4633 not3756 made with hands,5499
that is to say,5123 not3756 of this5026 building;2937
Heb 9:12 Neither3761 by1223 the blood129 of goats5131 and2532 calves,3448 but1161 by1223 his own2398 blood129 he entered in1525 once2178 into1519 the3588 holy place,39 having obtained2147 eternal166 redemption3085 for us.
Heb 9:13 For1063 if1487 the3588 blood129 of bulls5022 and2532 of goats,5131 and2532 the ashes4700 of a heifer1151 sprinkling4472 the3588 unclean,2840 sanctifieth37 to4314 the3588 purifying2514 of the3588 flesh:4561
Heb 9:14 How much4124 more3123 shall the3588 blood129 of Christ,5547 who3739 through1223 the eternal166
Spirit4151 offered4374 himself1438 without spot299 to God,2316 purge2511 your5216 conscience4893 from575 dead3498 works2041 to serve3000 the living2198 God?2316
Heb 9:15 And2532 for this cause1223, 5124 he is2076 the mediator3316 of the new2537 testament,1242 that3704 by means of death,2288, 1096 for1519 the redemption629 of the3588 transgressions3847 that were under1909 the3588 first4413 testament,1242 they which are called2564 might receive2983 the3588 promise1860 of
Heb 9:16 For1063 where3699 a testament1242 is, there must also of necessity318 be5342 the death2288 of the3588 testator.1303
Heb 9:17 For1063 a testament1242 is of force949 after
men are dead:1909, 3498
otherwise1893 it is of no
strength at all2480, 3379
while3753 the3588 testator1303 liveth.2198
Heb 9:18 Whereupon3606 neither3761 the3588 first4413 testament was dedicated1457 without5565 blood.129
Heb 9:19 For1063 when(5259) Moses3475 had spoken2980 every3956 precept1785 to all3956 the3588 people2992 according2596 to the law,3551 he took2983 the3588 blood129 of calves3448 and2532 of goats,5131 with3326 water,5204 and2532 scarlet2847 wool,2053 and2532 hyssop,5301 and sprinkled4472
both5037 the3588 book,975 and2532 all3956 the3588 people,2992
Heb 9:20 Saying,3004 This5124 is the3588 blood129 of the3588 testament1242 which3739 God2316 hath enjoined1781 unto4314 you.5209
Heb 9:21 Moreover3668 he sprinkled4472 with blood129 both1161 the3588 tabernacle,4633 and2532 all3956 the3588 vessels4632 of the3588 ministry.3009
Heb 9:22 And2532 almost4975 all things3956 are by2596 the3588 law3551 purged2511 with1722 blood;129 and2532 without5565 shedding of blood130
is1096 no3756 remission.859
Heb 9:23 It was therefore3767 necessary318 that the3588 (3303) patterns5260 of things3588 in1722 the3588 heavens3772 should be purified2511 with these;5125 but1161 the3588 heavenly
things2032 themselves846 with better2909 sacrifices2378 than3844 these.5025
Heb 9:24 For1063 Christ5547 is not3756 entered1525 into1519 the holy places39 made with hands,5499 which are the
figures499 of the3588 true;228 but235 into1519 heaven3772 itself,846 now3568 to appear1718 in the3588 presence4383 of God2316 for5228 us:2257
Heb 9:25 Nor3761 yet that2443 he should offer4374 himself1438 often,4178 as5618 the3588 high priest749 entereth1525 into1519 the3588 holy place39 every year2596,
1763 with1722 blood129 of others;245
Heb 9:26 For then1893 must1163 he846 often4178 have
suffered3958 since575 the foundation2602 of the world:2889 but1161 now3568 once530 in1909 the end4930 of the3588 world165 hath he appeared5319 to put away1519, 115 sin266 by1223 the3588 sacrifice2378 of himself.848
Heb 9:27 And2532 as2596, 3745 it is appointed606 unto men444 once530 to die,599 but1161 after3326 this5124 the
Heb 9:28 So3779 Christ5547 was once530 offered4374 to bear399 the sins266 of many;4183 and unto them that look for553 him846 shall he appear3700 the(1537) second time1208
without5565 sin266 unto1519 salvation.4991
Contemporary English Version
Heb 9:1 The first promise that was
made included rules for worship and a tent for worship here on earth.
Heb 9:2 The first part of
the tent was called the holy place, and a lampstand, a table, and the sacred loaves of
bread were kept there.
Heb 9:3 Behind the curtain
was the most holy place.
Heb 9:4 The gold altar that
was used for burning incense was in this holy place. The gold-covered sacred chest was
also there, and inside it were three things. First, there was a gold jar filled with
manna. Then there was Aaron's walking stick that sprouted. Finally, there were the flat
stones with the Ten Commandments written on them.
Heb 9:5 On top of the chest
were the glorious creatures with wings opened out above the place of mercy. Now isn't the
time to go into detail about these things.
Heb 9:6 But this is how
everything was when the priests went each day into the first part of the tent to do their
Heb 9:7 However, only the
high priest could go into the second part of the tent, and he went in only once a year.
Each time he carried blood to offer for his sins and for any sins that the people had
committed without meaning to.
Heb 9:8 All of this is the
Holy Spirit's way of saying that no one could enter the most holy place while the tent was
still the place of worship.
Heb 9:9 This also has a
meaning for today. It shows that we cannot make our consciences clear by offering gifts
Heb 9:10 These rules are
merely about such things as eating and drinking and ceremonies for washing ourselves. And
rules about physical things will last only until the time comes to change them for
Heb 9:11 Christ came as the
high priest of the good things that are now here. He also went into a much better tent
that wasn't made by humans and that doesn't belong to this world.
Heb 9:12 Then Christ went
once for all into the most holy place and freed us from sin forever. He did this by
offering his own blood instead of the blood of goats and bulls.
Heb 9:13 According to the
Law of Moses, those people who become unclean are not fit to worship God. Yet they will be
considered clean, if they are sprinkled with the blood of goats and bulls and with the
ashes of a sacrificed calf.
Heb 9:14 But Christ was
sinless, and he offered himself as an eternal and spiritual sacrifice to God. That's why
his blood is much more powerful and makes our consciences clear. Now we can serve the
living God and no longer do things that lead to death.
Heb 9:15 Christ died to
rescue those who had sinned and broken the old agreement. Now he brings his chosen ones a
new agreement with its guarantee of God's eternal blessings!
Heb 9:16 In fact, making an
agreement of this kind is like writing a will. This is because the one who makes the will
must die before it is of any use.
Heb 9:17 In other words, a
will doesn't go into effect as long as the one who made it is still alive.
Heb 9:18 Blood was also
used to put the first agreement into effect.
Heb 9:19 Moses told the
people all that the Law said they must do. Then he used red wool and a hyssop plant to
sprinkle the people and the book of the Law with the blood of bulls and goats and with
Heb 9:20 He told the
people, "With this blood God makes his agreement with you."
Heb 9:21 Moses also
sprinkled blood on the tent and on everything else that was used in worship.
Heb 9:22 The Law says that
almost everything must be sprinkled with blood, and no sins can be forgiven unless blood
Heb 9:23 These things are
only copies of what is in heaven, and so they had to be made holy by these ceremonies. But
the real things in heaven must be made holy by something better.
Heb 9:24 This is why Christ
did not go into a tent that had been made by humans and was only a copy of the real one.
Instead, he went into heaven and is now there with God to help us.
Heb 9:25 Christ did not
have to offer himself many times. He wasn't like a high priest who goes into the most holy
place each year to offer the blood of an animal.
Heb 9:26 If he had offered
himself every year, he would have suffered many times since the creation of the world. But
instead, near the end of time he offered himself once and for all, so that he could be a
sacrifice that does away with sin.
Heb 9:27 We die only once,
and then we are judged.
Heb 9:28 So Christ died
only once to take away the sins of many people. But when he comes again, it will not be to
take away sin. He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him.
Literal Translation of the Bible
Young's Literal Translation
Heb 9:1 Truly, then, the first covenant also had ordinances of
service, and the earthly holy place.
Heb 9:2 For the first
tabernacle was prepared, in which was both the lampstand and the table, and the setting out of the loaves, which is
Heb 9:3 But behind the
second veil is a
tabernacle, being called Holy of Holies,
Heb 9:4 having a golden
altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant covered around on all sides with gold, in
which was the golden
pot having the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
Heb 9:5 and above it the cherubs of glory overshadowing
the mercy-seat (about which now is not enough
time to speak piece by piece).
Heb 9:6 And these having
been prepared thus, the priests go into the first tabernacle through all, completing the
Heb 9:7 But into the second
the high priest goes
alone once in the year,
not without blood, which he offers for himself and the ignorances of the people;
Heb 9:8 the Holy Spirit
signifying by this that the way of the Holy of Holies has not yet been made
manifest, the first tabernacle still having been standing;
Heb 9:9 which was a parable for the present time,
according to which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, but as regards conscience, not being able to
perfect the one
Heb 9:10 but only on foods
and drinks, and various washings, and fleshly ordinances, until the time of setting things right has been
Heb 9:11 But Christ having
appeared as a High
Priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made
with hands, that is, not of this creation,
Heb 9:12 nor through the
blood of goats and of calves, but through His own blood, He
entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, having procured everlasting redemption.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood
of bulls and goats, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling those having been defiled, sanctifies
to the purity of the flesh,
Heb 9:14 by how much more
the blood of Christ (who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God), will purify your
conscience from dead works, to serve the living God!
Heb 9:15 And because of
this He is Mediator of a new covenant, so that, death having occurred for redemption of
transgressions under the first covenant, those being called might receive the promise of
the everlasting inheritance.
Heb 9:16 For where a
covenant is, the death
of him having covenanted must be offered.
Heb 9:17 For a covenant is affirmed over those dead, since it never has force
when he who has covenanted is living.
Heb 9:18 From which neither
the first covenant was
dedicated without blood.
Heb 9:19 For when every command had been spoken
according to Law by Moses to all the people, having taken the blood of the calves and
goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and he sprinkled both the scroll and all
Heb 9:20 saying, "This
is the blood of the
covenant which God enjoined to you." Ex.
Heb 9:21 And he likewise
sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the service vessels with the blood.
Heb 9:22 And almost all
things are purified by blood according to the Law; and apart from shedding of blood no
Heb 9:23 Then it was needful for the figures of
the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves by better sacrifices than these.
Heb 9:24 For Christ did not
enter into the Holy of Holies made by hands, types
of the true things, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our
Heb 9:25 not that He should
often offer Himself even as the high priest enters into the Holy of Holies year by year with blood of
Heb 9:26 since He must
often have suffered from the foundation of the world. But now once for all, at the completion of the ages, He
has been manifested for putting away of sin through the sacrifice of Himself.
Heb 9:27 And as it is
reserved to men once to die, and after this, Judgment;
Heb 9:28 so Christ having been
once offered "to bear the sins of many," Christ shall appear a second time without sin to those expecting Him for
salvation. Isa. 53:12
Heb 9:1 It had, indeed, then (even
the first tabernacle) ordinances of service, also a worldly sanctuary,
Heb 9:2 for a tabernacle
was prepared, the first, in which was both the lamp-stand, and the table, and the bread of
the presence--which is called `Holy;'
Heb 9:3 and after the
second vail a tabernacle that is called `Holy of holies,'
Heb 9:4 having a golden
censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid all round about with gold, in which is the golden pot having the manna,
and the rod of Aaron that budded, and the tables of the covenant,
Heb 9:5 and over it
cherubim of the glory, overshadowing the mercy-seat, concerning which we are not now to
Heb 9:6 And these things
having been thus prepared, into the first tabernacle, indeed, at all times the priests do
go in, performing the services,
Heb 9:7 and into the
second, once in the year, only the chief priest, not apart from blood, which he doth offer
for himself and the errors of the people,
Heb 9:8 the Holy Spirit
this evidencing that not yet hath been manifested the way of the holy places , the first tabernacle having
yet a standing;
Heb 9:9 which is a simile in regard to the present
time, in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, which are not able, in regard to
conscience, to make perfect him who is serving,
Heb 9:10 only in victuals,
and drinks, and different baptisms, and fleshly ordinances--till the time of reformation
imposed upon them .
Heb 9:11 And Christ being
come, chief priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect
tabernacle not made with hands--that is, not of this creation--
Heb 9:12 neither through
blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, did enter in once into the holy
places, age-during redemption having obtained;
Heb 9:13 for if the blood
of bulls, and goats, and ashes of an heifer, sprinkling those defiled, doth sanctify to
the purifying of the flesh,
Heb 9:14 how much more
shall the blood of the Christ (who through the age-during Spirit did offer himself
unblemished to God) purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb 9:15 And because of
this, of a new covenant he is mediator, that, death having come, for redemption of the
transgressions under the first covenant, those called may receive the promise of the
Heb 9:16 for where a
covenant is , the death
of the covenant-victim to come in is necessary,
Heb 9:17 for a covenant
over dead victims is
stedfast, since it is no force at all when the covenant-victim liveth,
Heb 9:18 whence not even
the first apart from blood hath been initiated,
Heb 9:19 for every command
having been spoken, according to law, by Moses, to all the people, having taken the blood
of the calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, he both the book itself
and all the people did sprinkle,
Heb 9:20 saying, `This is the blood of the covenant that
God enjoined unto you,'
Heb 9:21 and both the
tabernacle and all the vessels of the service with blood in like manner he did sprinkle,
Heb 9:22 and with blood
almost all things are purified according to the law, and apart from blood-shedding
forgiveness doth not come.
Heb 9:23 It is necessary, therefore, the
pattern indeed of the things in the heavens to be purified with these, and the heavenly
things themselves with better sacrifices than these;
Heb 9:24 for not into holy
places made with hands did the Christ enter--figures of the true--but into the heaven
itself, now to be manifested in the presence of God for us;
Heb 9:25 nor that he may
many times offer himself, even as the chief priest doth enter into the holy places every
year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26 since it had
behoved him many times to suffer from the foundation of the world, but now once, at the
full end of the ages, for putting away of sin through his sacrifice, he hath been
Heb 9:27 and as it is laid
up to men once to die, and after this--judgment,
Heb 9:28 so also the
Christ, once having been offered to bear the sins of many, a second time, apart from a
sin-offering, shall appear, to those waiting for him--to salvation!