Hebrews 9:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 9:21, NIV: In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.

Hebrews 9:21, ESV: And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship.

Hebrews 9:21, KJV: Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

Hebrews 9:21, NASB: And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.

Hebrews 9:21, NLT: And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship.

Hebrews 9:21, CSB: In the same way, he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the articles of worship with blood.

What does Hebrews 9:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse refers to a time in the Old Testament when Moses first introduced God's commands to the people of Israel. This is found in Exodus 24:6–8, as well as portions of chapter 29. Even from the very beginning, blood was necessary to "inaugurate" a covenant. This is mentioned for two purposes. First, this idea leads into the summary given in verse 22, that bloodshed is absolutely required for forgiveness of sins (Leviticus 17:11). Second, the blood shed by Jesus Christ accomplishes what the blood of animals never could.

Previously, the writer of Hebrews had mentioned that the animal sacrifices used in the old covenant were imperfect. They could temporarily cover the sins of the people. But those sacrifices could not change a person's nature, or completely remove the penalty of their sin. Christ's sacrifice, on the other hand, was a once-for-all shedding of blood, which can perfectly and permanently save mankind. This new covenant is exactly what God had intended all along, and had promised in His own Word. The old covenant was intended to symbolize this ultimate plan.