Leviticus 22-23 Bible in Basic English

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The Holiness of the Offerings

22 1  And the Lord said to Moses, 2  Give orders to Aaron and to his sons to keep themselves separate from the holy things of the children of Israel which they give to me, and not to make my holy name common: I am the Lord, 3  Say to them, If any man of all your seed through all your generations, being unclean, comes near the holy things which the children of Israel make holy to the Lord, he will be cut off from before me: I am the Lord. 4  No man of the seed of Aaron who is a leper, or who has a flow from his body, may take of the holy food till he is clean. And any man touching anything which is unclean because of the dead, or any man whose seed goes from him; 5  Or anyone touching any unclean thing which goes flat on the earth, or someone by whom he may be made unclean in any way whatever; 6  Any person touching any such unclean thing will be unclean till evening, and may not take of the holy food till his flesh has been bathed in water; 7  And when the sun has gone down he will be clean; and after that he may take part in the holy food, because it is his bread. 8  That which comes to a natural death, or is attacked by beasts, he may not take as food, for it will make him unclean: I am the Lord. 9  So then, let them keep what I have put into their care, for fear that sin may come on them because of it, so causing their death because they have made it common: I am the Lord, who make them holy.

10  No outside person may take of the holy food, or one living as a guest in the priest's house, or a servant working for payment. 11  But any person for whom the priest has given money, to make him his, may take of it with him; and those who come to birth in his house may take of his bread. 12  And if the daughter of a priest is married to an outside person she may not take of the holy things which are lifted up as offerings. 13  But if a priest's daughter is a widow, or parted from her husband, and has no child, and has come back to her father's house as when she was a girl, she may take of her father's bread; but no outside person may do so. 14  And if a man takes the holy food in error, he will have to give the holy thing back to the priest, with the addition of a fifth part. 15  And they may not make common the holy things which the children of Israel give to the Lord, 16  So causing sin to come on them when they take their holy things for food: I am the Lord who make them holy.

17  And the Lord said to Moses, 18  Say to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel, If any man of the children of Israel, or of another nation living in Israel, makes an offering, given because of an oath or freely given to the Lord for a burned offering; 19  So that it may be pleasing to the Lord, let him give a male, without any mark, from among the oxen or the sheep or the goats. 20  But anything which has a mark you may not give; it will not make you pleasing to the Lord. 21  And whoever makes a peace-offering to the Lord, in payment of an oath or as a free offering, from the herd or the flock, if it is to be pleasing to the Lord, let it be free from any mark or damage. 22  Anything blind or broken or damaged or having any disease or any mark on it may not be offered to the Lord; you may not make an offering of it by fire on the altar to the Lord. 23  An ox or a lamb which has more or less than its natural parts, may be given as a free offering; but it will not be taken in payment of an oath. 24  An animal which has its sex parts damaged or crushed or broken or cut, may not be offered to the Lord; such a thing may not be done anywhere in your land. 25  And from one who is not an Israelite you may not take any of these for an offering to the Lord; for they are unclean, there is a mark on them, and the Lord will not be pleased with them. 26  And the Lord said to Moses, 27  When an ox or a sheep or a goat is given birth, let it be with its mother for seven days; and after the eighth day it may be taken as an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28  A cow or a sheep may not be put to death with its young on the same day. 29  And when you make an offering of praise to the Lord, make it in a way which is pleasing to him. 30  Let it be used for food on the same day; do not keep any part of it till the morning: I am the Lord. 31  So then, keep my orders and do them: I am the Lord. 32  And do not make my holy name common; so that it may be kept holy by the children of Israel: I am the Lord who make you holy, 33  Who took you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God: I am the Lord.

The Appointed Feasts

23 1  And the Lord said to Moses, 2  Say to the children of Israel, These are the fixed feasts of the Lord, which you will keep for holy meetings: these are my feasts. 3  On six days work may be done; but the seventh day is a special day of rest, a time for worship; you may do no sort of work: it is a Sabbath to the Lord wherever you may be living.

4  These are the fixed feasts of the Lord, the holy days of worship which you will keep at their regular times. 5  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at nightfall, is the Lord's Passover; 6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread; for seven days let your food be unleavened bread. 7  On the first day you will have a holy meeting; you may do no sort of field-work. 8  And every day for seven days you will give a burned offering to the Lord; and on the seventh day there will be a holy meeting; you may do no field-work. 9  And the Lord said to Moses, 10  Say to the children of Israel, When you have come to the land which I will give you, and have got in the grain from its fields, take some of the first-fruits of the grain to the priest; 11  And let the grain be waved before the Lord, so that you may be pleasing to him; on the day after the Sabbath let it be waved by the priest. 12  And on the day of the waving of the grain, you are to give a male lamb of the first year, without any mark, for a burned offering to the Lord. 13  And let the meal offering with it be two tenth parts of an ephah of the best meal mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet smell; and the drink offering with it is to be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. 14  And you may take no bread or dry grain or new grain for food till the very day on which you have given the offering for your God: this is a rule for ever through all your generations wherever you are living.

15  And let seven full weeks be numbered from the day after the Sabbath, the day when you give the grain for the wave offering; 16  Let fifty days be numbered, to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you are to give a new meal offering to the Lord. 17  Take from your houses two cakes of bread, made of a fifth part of an ephah of the best meal, cooked with leaven, to be waved for first-fruits to the Lord. 18  And with the bread, take seven lambs of the first year, without any marks, and one ox and two male sheep, to be a burned offering to the Lord, with their meal offering and their drink offerings, an offering of a sweet smell made by fire to the Lord. 19  And you are to give one male goat for a sin-offering and two male lambs of the first year for peace-offerings. 20  And these will be waved by the priest, with the bread of the first-fruits, for a wave offering to the Lord, with the two lambs: they will be holy to the Lord for the priest. 21  And on the same day, let it be given out that there will be a holy meeting for you: you may do no field-work on that day: it is a rule for ever through all your generations wherever you are living. 22  And when you get in the grain from your land, do not let all the grain at the edges of the field be cut, and do not take up the grain which has been dropped in the field; let that be for the poor, and for the man from another country: I am the Lord your God.

23  And the Lord said to Moses, 24  Say to the children of Israel, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, let there be a special day of rest for you, a day of memory, marked by the blowing of horns, a meeting for worship. 25  Do no field-work and give to the Lord an offering made by fire. 26  And the Lord said to Moses, 27  The tenth day of this seventh month is the day for the taking away of sin; let it be a holy day of worship; you are to keep from pleasure, and give to the Lord an offering made by fire. 28  And on that day you may do no sort of work, for it is a day of taking away sin, to make you clean before the Lord your God. 29  For any person, whoever he may be, who takes his pleasure on that day will be cut off from his people. 30  And if any person, whoever he may be, on that day does any sort of work, I will send destruction on him from among his people. 31  You may not do any sort of work: this is an order for ever through all your generations wherever you may be living. 32  Let this be a Sabbath of special rest to you, and keep yourselves from all pleasure; on the ninth day of the month at nightfall from evening to evening, let this Sabbath be kept.

33  And the Lord said to Moses, 34  Say to the children of Israel, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month let the feast of tents be kept to the Lord for seven days. 35  On the first day there will be a holy meeting: do no field-work. 36  Every day for seven days give an offering made by fire to the Lord; and on the eighth day there is to be a holy meeting, when you are to give an offering made by fire to the Lord; this is a special holy day: you may do no field-work on that day. 37  These are the fixed feasts of the Lord, to be kept by you as holy days of worship, for making an offering by fire to the Lord; a burned offering, a meal offering, an offering of beasts, and drink offerings; every one on its special day; 38  In addition to the Sabbaths of the Lord, and in addition to the things you give and the oaths you make and the free offerings to the Lord. 39  But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have got in all the fruits of the land, you will keep the feast of the Lord for seven days: the first day will be a Sabbath, and the eighth day the same. 40  On the first day, take the fruit of fair trees, branches of palm-trees, and branches of thick trees and trees from the riverside, and be glad before the Lord for seven days. 41  And let this feast be kept before the Lord for seven days in the year: it is a rule for ever from generation to generation; in the seventh month let it be kept. 42  For seven days you will be living in tents; all those who are Israelites by birth are to make tents their living-places: 43  So that future generations may keep in mind how I gave the children of Israel tents as their living-places when I took them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. 44  And Moses made clear to the children of Israel the orders about the fixed feasts of the Lord.

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