Hence neither the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
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And he established this no longer from common custom only, but also from what happened under the old [Testament]: which especially influenced them. There was no one who died there: how then could that [Testament] be firm? In the same way (he says). How? For blood was there also, as there is blood here. And if it was not the blood of the Christ, do not be surprised; for it was a type. Whereupon, he says, neither was the first [Testament] dedicated without blood.
What is was dedicated? Was confirmed, was ratified. The word whereupon means for this cause. It was needful that the symbol of the Testament should be also that of death.