For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
 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:
 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
 And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,
 And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?
 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me:
 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?
 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not?
 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.
 And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.
 And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.