Hebrews 8:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 8:10, NIV: This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Hebrews 8:10, ESV: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Hebrews 8:10, KJV: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Hebrews 8:10, NASB: FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT WHICH I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, DECLARES THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

Hebrews 8:10, NLT: But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Hebrews 8:10, CSB: For this is the covenantthat I will make with the house of Israelafter those days, says the Lord:I will put my laws into their mindsand write them on their hearts.I will be their God,and they will be my people.

What does Hebrews 8:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31–34. The writer of Hebrews is pointing out that God Himself promised to give the people a "new covenant." Logically, then, this means that the old covenant is inferior to whatever God has planned for the future. If it was not, why would He change it? This is part of the argument that God's intent was always for salvation to come through Jesus Christ, not through the Old Testament Law. Prior verses proved that this promised covenant was new, not merely a re-use of the old, and that the primary weakness of the old covenant was its reliance on human efforts.

In this verse, Jeremiah describes a new covenant between God and man which perfectly describes the ministry of Jesus Christ. In particular, this verse points out the difference between a covenant based on external, legalistic rules and one based on internal, personal experience with God. This drive for obedience, from the inside out, is the work of the Holy Spirit in those who are saved (2 Corinthians 3:1–3). Jeremiah was not the only prophet to make such a claim; the idea is also seen in places such as Ezekiel 36:26–27.