Leviticus 1-4 New Revised Standard Version

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Burnt Offerings

1 1  The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying: 2  Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock.

3  If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. 4  You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you. 5  The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron's sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 6  The burnt offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts. 7  The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8  Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 9  but its entrails and its legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall turn the whole into smoke on the altar as a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

10  If your gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, your offering shall be a male without blemish. 11  It shall be slaughtered on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron's sons the priests shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 12  It shall be cut up into its parts, with its head and its suet, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 13  but the entrails and the legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall offer the whole and turn it into smoke on the altar; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. 14  If your offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you shall choose your offering from turtledoves or pigeons. 15  The priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head, and turn it into smoke on the altar; and its blood shall be drained out against the side of the altar. 16  He shall remove its crop with its contents [1] and throw it at the east side of the altar, in the place for ashes. 17  He shall tear it open by its wings without severing it. Then the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

Meal Offerings

2 1  When anyone presents a grain offering to the Lord, the offering shall be of choice flour; the worshiper shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it, 2  and bring it to Aaron's sons the priests. After taking from it a handful of the choice flour and oil, with all its frankincense, the priest shall turn this token portion into smoke on the altar, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. 3  And what is left of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons, a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the Lord. 4  When you present a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be of choice flour: unleavened cakes mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers spread with oil. 5  If your offering is grain prepared on a griddle, it shall be of choice flour mixed with oil, unleavened; 6  break it in pieces, and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. 7  If your offering is grain prepared in a pan, it shall be made of choice flour in oil. 8  You shall bring to the Lord the grain offering that is prepared in any of these ways; and when it is presented to the priest, he shall take it to the altar. 9  The priest shall remove from the grain offering its token portion and turn this into smoke on the altar, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. 10  And what is left of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the Lord.

11  No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you must not turn any leaven or honey into smoke as an offering by fire to the Lord. 12  You may bring them to the Lord as an offering of choice products, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing odor. 13  You shall not omit from your grain offerings the salt of the covenant with your God; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. 14  If you bring a grain offering of first fruits to the Lord, you shall bring as the grain offering of your first fruits coarse new grain from fresh ears, parched with fire. 15  You shall add oil to it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. 16  And the priest shall turn a token portion of it into smoke-some of the coarse grain and oil with all its frankincense; it is an offering by fire to the Lord.

Peace Offerings

3 1  If the offering is a sacrifice of well-being, if you offer an animal of the herd, whether male or female, you shall offer one without blemish before the Lord. 2  You shall lay your hand on the head of the offering and slaughter it at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron's sons the priests shall dash the blood against all sides of the altar. 3  You shall offer from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; 4  the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys. 5  Then Aaron's sons shall turn these into smoke on the altar, with the burnt offering that is on the wood on the fire, as an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

6  If your offering for a sacrifice of well-being to the Lord is from the flock, male or female, you shall offer one without blemish. 7  If you present a sheep as your offering, you shall bring it before the Lord 8  and lay your hand on the head of the offering. It shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting, and Aaron's sons shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 9  You shall present its fat from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord: the whole broad tail, which shall be removed close to the backbone, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 10  the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 11  Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire to the Lord. 12  If your offering is a goat, you shall bring it before the Lord 13  and lay your hand on its head; it shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 14  You shall present as your offering from it, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 15  the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 16  Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire for a pleasing odor. All fat is the Lord's. 17  It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, in all your settlements: you must not eat any fat or any blood.

Sin Offerings

4 1  The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2  Speak to the people of Israel, saying: When anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord's commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them: 3  If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull of the herd without blemish as a sin offering to the Lord. 4  He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull; the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. 5  The anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting. 6  The priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. 7  The priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is in the tent of meeting before the Lord; and the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering, which is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8  He shall remove all the fat from the bull of sin offering: the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; 9  the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins; and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys, 10  just as these are removed from the ox of the sacrifice of well-being. The priest shall turn them into smoke upon the altar of burnt offering. 11  But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, as well as its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung- 12  all the rest of the bull-he shall carry out to a clean place outside the camp, to the ash heap, and shall burn it on a wood fire; at the ash heap it shall be burned.

13  If the whole congregation of Israel errs unintentionally and the matter escapes the notice of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the Lord's commandments ought not to be done and incur guilt; 14  when the sin that they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull of the herd for a sin offering and bring it before the tent of meeting. 15  The elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. 16  The anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, 17  and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, in front of the curtain. 18  He shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is before the Lord in the tent of meeting; and the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 19  He shall remove all its fat and turn it into smoke on the altar. 20  He shall do with the bull just as is done with the bull of sin offering; he shall do the same with this. The priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. 21  He shall carry the bull outside the camp, and burn it as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.

22  When a ruler sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by commandments of the Lord his God ought not to be done and incurs guilt, 23  once the sin that he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a male goat without blemish. 24  He shall lay his hand on the head of the goat; it shall be slaughtered at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered before the Lord; it is a sin offering. 25  The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. 26  All its fat he shall turn into smoke on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of well-being. Thus the priest shall make atonement on his behalf for his sin, and he shall be forgiven.

27  If anyone of the ordinary people among you sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord's commandments ought not to be done and incurs guilt, 28  when the sin that you have committed is made known to you, you shall bring a female goat without blemish as your offering, for the sin that you have committed. 29  You shall lay your hand on the head of the sin offering; and the sin offering shall be slaughtered at the place of the burnt offering. 30  The priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and he shall pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 31  He shall remove all its fat, as the fat is removed from the offering of well-being, and the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar for a pleasing odor to the Lord. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf, and you shall be forgiven. 32  If the offering you bring as a sin offering is a sheep, you shall bring a female without blemish. 33  You shall lay your hand on the head of the sin offering; and it shall be slaughtered as a sin offering at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered. 34  The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 35  You shall remove all its fat, as the fat of the sheep is removed from the sacrifice of well-being, and the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar, with the offerings by fire to the Lord. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the sin that you have committed, and you shall be forgiven.

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Footnotes

[1] 1:16 Meaning of Heb uncertain

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