Hebrews 9:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 9:25, NIV: Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.

Hebrews 9:25, ESV: Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own,

Hebrews 9:25, KJV: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

Hebrews 9:25, NASB: nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year by year with blood that is not his own.

Hebrews 9:25, NLT: And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal.

Hebrews 9:25, CSB: He did not do this to offer himself many times, as the high priest enters the sanctuary yearly with the blood of another.

What does Hebrews 9:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Under the old covenant, God instructed Moses to build two rooms inside the tabernacle—a tent used as a movable temple by the people of Israel. The first was called the Holy Place, and inside it was the second: the Most Holy Place. These areas were restricted to only certain priests at certain times; this was meant to symbolize the separation between God and men. These areas were also used as the location for animal sacrifices, which were necessary for the forgiveness of the sins of the people of Israel. Unfortunately, those sacrifices could not change the people from the inside, and could only offer a temporary reprieve.

As the last verse indicated, Christ's service as our high priest occurs in a better place. In fact, it occurs in the "true" holy places, which the earthly ones were only meant to symbolize. Here, the writer of Hebrews points out that Christ's sacrifice is superior to that offered by the earthly priests. Instead of coming over and over, sacrificing Himself again and again, Christ is able to offer a single, perfect, permanent shedding of blood in order to cover human sin. This point is continued in the next verse.