28The dead can no more give praise than those who have never lived;
they who are alive and well glorify the Lord.
29How great is the mercy of the Lord,
and his forgiveness for those who return to him!
30For not everything is within human reach,
since human beings are not immortal.
31Is anything brighter than the sun? Yet it can be eclipsed.
How worthless* then the thoughts of flesh and blood!
32God holds accountable the hosts of highest heaven,
while all mortals are dust and ashes.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He says:
16 This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds,
17 He adds:
I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts.[c]
18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
The NEW Covenant
31 “Look, the days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I had married them”—the Lord’s declaration. 33 “Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put My teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.34 No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.”
Audio readings read from The Scriptures by Institute for Scripture Research.