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Burnt Offerings

1 1  And the voice of the Lord came to Moses out of the Tent of meeting, saying, 2  Give these orders to the children of Israel: When anyone of you makes an offering to the Lord, you are to take it from the cattle, from the herd or from the flock.

3  If the offering is a burned offering of the herd, let him give a male without a mark: he is to give it at the door of the Tent of meeting so that he may be pleasing to the Lord. 4  And he is to put his hand on the head of the burned offering and it will be taken for him, to take away his sin. 5  And the ox is to be put to death before the Lord: then Aaron's sons, the priests, are to take the blood and put some of it on and round the altar which is at the door of the Tent of meeting. 6  And the burned offering is to be skinned and cut up into its parts. 7  And Aaron's sons, the priests, are to put fire on the altar and put the wood in order on the fire: 8  And Aaron's sons, the priests, are to put the parts, the head and the fat, in order on the wood which is on the fire on the altar: 9  But its inside parts and its legs are to be washed with water, and it will all be burned on the altar by the priest for a burned offering, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord.

10  And if his offering is of the flock, a burned offering of sheep or goats, let him give a male without a mark. 11  And he is to put it to death on the north side of the altar before the Lord: and Aaron's sons, the priests, are to put some of the blood on and round the altar. 12  And the offering is to be cut into its parts, with its head and its fat; and the priest is to put them in order on the wood which is on the fire on the altar: 13  But the inside parts and the legs are to be washed with water; and the priest will make an offering of all of it, burning it on the altar: it is a burned offering, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord. 14  And if his offering to the Lord is a burned offering of birds, then he is to make his offering of doves or of young pigeons. 15  And the priest is to take it to the altar, and after its head has been twisted off, it is to be burned on the altar, and its blood drained out on the side of the altar: 16  And he is to take away its stomach, with its feathers, and put it down by the east side of the altar, where the burned waste is put: 17  And let it be broken open at the wings, but not cut in two; and let it be burned on the altar by the priest on the wood which is on the fire; it is a burned offering; an offering made by fire for a sweet smell to the Lord.

Meal Offerings

2 1  And when anyone makes a meal offering to the Lord, let his offering be of the best meal, with oil on it and perfume: 2  And let him take it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and having taken in his hand some of the meal and of the oil, with all the perfume, let him give it to the priest to be burned on the altar, as a sign, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord. 3  And the rest of the meal offering will be for Aaron and his sons; it is most holy among the Lord's fire offerings. 4  And when you give a meal offering cooked in the oven, let it be of unleavened cakes of the best meal mixed with oil, or thin unleavened cakes covered with oil. 5  And if you give a meal offering cooked on a flat plate, let it be of the best meal, unleavened and mixed with oil. 6  Let it be broken into bits, and put oil on it; it is a meal offering. 7  And if your offering is of meal cooked in fat over the fire, let it be made of the best meal mixed with oil. 8  And you are to give the meal offering made of these things to the Lord, and let the priest take it to the altar. 9  And he is to take from the meal offering a part, for a sign, burning it on the altar; an offering made by fire for a sweet smell to the Lord. 10  And the rest of the meal offering will be for Aaron and his sons; it is most holy among the Lord's fire offerings.

11  No meal offering which you give to the Lord is to be made with leaven; no leaven or honey is to be burned as an offering made by fire to the Lord. 12  You may give them as an offering of first-fruits to the Lord, but they are not to go up as a sweet smell on the altar. 13  And every meal offering is to be salted with salt; your meal offering is not to be without the salt of the agreement of your God: with all your offerings give salt. 14  And if you give a meal offering of first-fruits to the Lord, give, as your offering of first-fruits, new grain, made dry with fire, crushed new grain. 15  And put oil on it and perfume: it is a meal offering. 16  And part of the meal of the offering and part of the oil and all the perfume is to be burned for a sign by the priest: it is an offering made by fire to the Lord.

Peace Offerings

3 1  And if his offering is given for a peace-offering; if he gives of the herd, male or female, let him give it without any mark on it, before the Lord. 2  And he is to put his hand on the head of his offering and put it to death at the door of the Tent of meeting; and Aaron's sons, the priests, are to put some of the blood on and round the altar. 3  And he is to give of the peace-offering, as an offering made by fire to the Lord; the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat on the inside parts, 4  And the two kidneys, and the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, he is to take away; 5  That it may be burned by Aaron's sons on the altar, on the burned offering which is on the wood on the fire: it is an offering made by fire of a sweet smell to the Lord.

6  And if what he gives for a peace-offering to the Lord is of the flock, let him give a male or female, without any mark on it. 7  If his offering is a lamb, then let it be placed before the Lord: 8  And he is to put his hand on the head of his offering and put it to death before the Tent of meeting; and Aaron's sons are to put some of its blood on and round the altar. 9  And of the peace-offering, let him give an offering made by fire to the Lord; the fat of it, all the fat tail, he is to take away near the backbone; and the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat on the inside parts, 10  And the two kidneys, with the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, he is to take away; 11  That it may be burned by the priest on the altar; it is the food of the offering made by fire to the Lord. 12  And if his offering is a goat, then let it be placed before the Lord, 13  And let him put his hand on the head of it and put it to death before the Tent of meeting; and the sons of Aaron are to put some of its blood on and round the altar. 14  And of it let him make his offering, an offering made by fire to the Lord; the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat on the inside parts, 15  And the two kidneys, with the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, let him take away; 16  That it may be burned by the priest on the altar; it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet smell: all the fat is the Lord's. 17  Let it be an order for ever, through all your generations, in all your houses, that you are not to take fat or blood for food.

Sin Offerings

4 1  And the Lord said to Moses, 2  Say to the children of Israel: These are the offerings of anyone who does wrong through error, doing any of the things which by the Lord's order are not to be done: 3  If the chief priest by doing wrong becomes a cause of sin to the people, then let him give to the Lord for the sin which he has done, an ox, without any mark, for a sin-offering. 4  And he is to take the ox to the door of the Tent of meeting before the Lord; and put his hand on its head and put it to death before the Lord. 5  And the chief priest is to take some of its blood and take it to the Tent of meeting; 6  And the priest is to put his finger in the blood, shaking drops of it before the Lord seven times, in front of the veil of the holy place. 7  And the priest is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar on which perfume is burned before the Lord in the Tent of meeting, draining out all the rest of the blood of the ox at the base of the altar of burned offering which is at the door of the Tent of meeting. 8  And he is to take away all the fat of the ox of the sin-offering; the fat covering the inside parts and all the fat of the inside parts, 9  And the two kidneys, with the fat on them, which is by the top part of the legs, and the fat joining the liver and the kidneys, he is to take away, 10  As it is taken from the ox of the peace-offering; and it is to be burned by the priest on the altar of burned offerings. 11  And the skin of the ox and all its flesh, with its head and its legs and its inside parts and its waste, 12  All the ox, he is to take away outside the circle of the tents into a clean place where the burned waste is put, and there it is to be burned on wood with fire.

13  And if all the people of Israel do wrong, without anyone's knowledge; if they have done any of the things which by the Lord's order are not to be done, causing sin to come on them; 14  When the sin which they have done comes to light, then let all the people give an ox for a sin-offering, and take it before the Tent of meeting. 15  And let the chiefs of the people put their hands on its head before the Lord, and put the ox to death before the Lord. 16  And the priest is to take some of its blood to the Tent of meeting; 17  And put his finger in the blood, shaking drops of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the veil. 18  And he is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is before the Lord in the Tent of meeting; and all the rest of the blood is to be drained out at the base of the altar of burned offering at the door of the Tent of meeting. 19  And he is to take off all its fat, burning it on the altar. 20  Let him do with the ox as he did with the ox of the sin-offering; and the priest will take away their sin and they will have forgiveness. 21  Then let the ox be taken away outside the tent-circle, that it may be burned as the other ox was burned; it is the sin-offering for all the people.

22  If a ruler does wrong, and in error does any of the things which, by the order of the Lord his God, are not to be done, causing sin to come on him; 23  When the sin which he has done is made clear to him, let him give for his offering a goat, a male without any mark. 24  And he is to put his hand on the head of the goat and put it to death in the place where they put to death the burned offering before the Lord: it is a sin-offering. 25  And the priest is to take some of the blood of the offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burned offering, draining out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar of burned offering. 26  And all the fat of it is to be burned on the altar like the fat of the peace-offering; and the priest will take away his sin and he will have forgiveness.

27  And if any one of the common people does wrong in error, doing any of the things which the Lord has given orders are not to be done, causing sin to come on him; 28  When the sin which he has done is made clear to him, then he is to give for his offering a goat, a female without any mark, for the sin which he has done. 29  And he is to put his hand on the head of the sin-offering and put it to death in the place where they put to death the burned offering. 30  And the priest is to take some of the blood with his finger, and put it on the horns of the altar of burned offering, and all the rest of its blood is to be drained out at the base of the altar. 31  And let all its fat be taken away, as the fat is taken away from the peace-offerings, and let it be burned on the altar by the priest for a sweet smell to the Lord; and the priest will take away his sin and he will have forgiveness. 32  And if he gives a lamb as his sin-offering, let it be a female without any mark; 33  And he is to put his hand on the head of the offering and put it to death for a sin-offering in the place where they put to death the burned offering. 34  And the priest is to take some of the blood of the offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burned offering, and all the rest of the blood is to be drained out at the base of the altar; 35  And let him take away all its fat, as the fat is taken away from the lamb of the peace-offerings; and let it be burned by the priest on the altar among the offerings made by fire to the Lord: and the priest will take away his sin and he will have forgiveness.

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