Hebrews 10:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 10:20, NIV: by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

Hebrews 10:20, ESV: by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

Hebrews 10:20, KJV: By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Hebrews 10:20, NASB: by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, through His flesh,

Hebrews 10:20, NLT: By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.

Hebrews 10:20, CSB: he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh)--

What does Hebrews 10:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The overall theme of the book of Hebrews is that God's new covenant is superior to the old covenant. This does not make the old covenant wrong, or meaningless. Rather, God has always intended the Old Testament's system of priests and animal sacrifices to point towards the eventual Messiah. Given all of the Scripture and evidence supporting Jesus' role as the Promised One, the writer argues, Christians should be extremely confident in their faith.

One of the most striking features of the old covenant was the curtain separating certain holy places from entry by the people. Behind this curtain was the holiest of all rooms in the temple, where only the high priest could enter, once per year, bringing a sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:6–7). The very existence of this curtain implied a separation between God and man (Hebrews 9:8).

Christ's sacrifice on our behalf, however, removes this barrier (Hebrews 9:11–14). This was most dramatically symbolized at Jesus' crucifixion, when this very temple curtain was torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:50–51).