Hebrews 10 – New International Version (NIV)

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

  1. The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
  2. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
  3. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.
  4. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
  5. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
  6. with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
  7. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
  8. First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law.
  9. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.
  10. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
  11. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
  12. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
  13. and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.
  14. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
  15. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
  16. “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”[b]
  17. Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”[c]
  18. And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

A Call to Persevere in Faith

  1. Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
  2. by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
  3. and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
  4. let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
  5. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
  6. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
  7. not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
  8. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
  9. but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
  10. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
  11. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
  12. For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[e]
  13. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
  14. Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.
  15. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
  16. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
  17. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
  18. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
  19. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”[f]
  20. And, “But my righteous[g] one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”[h]
  21. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.


a. Hebrews 10:7 Psalm 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
b. Hebrews 10:16 Jer. 31:33
c. Hebrews 10:17 Jer. 31:34
d. Hebrews 10:30 Deut. 32:35
e. Hebrews 10:30 Deut. 32:36; Psalm 135:14
f. Hebrews 10:37 Isaiah 26:20; Hab. 2:3
g. Hebrews 10:38 Some early manuscripts But the righteous
h. Hebrews 10:38 Hab. 2:4 (see Septuagint)

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Hebrews 10 – King James Version (KJV)

  1. Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
  2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:
  3. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
  5. That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
  6. Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
  7. So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
  8. Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  9. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
  10. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  11. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
  12. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
  13. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
  14. I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
  15. Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
  16. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
  17. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
  18. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
  19. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
  20. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
  21. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
  22. or the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
  23. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
  24. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
  25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
  26. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
  27. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
  28. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
  29. That no flesh should glory in his presence.
  30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
  31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.