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21 [a](A)and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” 22 let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience[b] and our bodies washed in pure water.(B) 23 Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 10:21 The house of God: this refers back to Hb 3:6, “we are his house.”
  2. 10:22 With our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience: as in Hb 9:13 (see note there), the sprinkling motif refers to the Mosaic rite of cleansing from ritual impurity. This could produce only an external purification, whereas sprinkling with the blood of Christ (Hb 9:14) cleanses the conscience. Washed in pure water: baptism is elsewhere referred to as a washing; cf. 1 Cor 6:11; Eph 5:26.

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