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Laws for Burnt Offerings
1Then#Or “And” Yahweh called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of assembly, saying, 2“Speak to the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” and say to them, ‘When a person#Or “man”—the singular noun is generic, thus the “you” and “your” in the remainder of the verse are all plural from you presents an offering to Yahweh, you shall present your offering from domestic animals, from the cattle#Or “herd” or from the flock.#The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals) 3If his offering is a burnt offering from the cattle,#Or “herd” then he must present#Hebrew “present it” an unblemished male; he must present it at the door of the tent of assembly for his acceptance before#Literally “to the face of” Yahweh.
4“ ‘He#Or “And he” must lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering and it will be accepted#Same root word as “acceptance” in v. 3 for him in order to make atonement for him. 5He#Or “And he” must slaughter the young bull#Literally “the son of the herd” or “the son of the cattle” before#Literally “to the face of” Yahweh, then#Or “and” Aaron’s sons, the priests, will present the blood and sprinkle the blood all around the altar that is at the door of the tent of assembly. 6Then#Or “And” he must remove the skin of the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. 7The sons of#Or “And the sons of” Aaron the priest will put fire on the altar and arrange the wood on the fire. 8Then#Or “And” Aaron’s sons, the priests, will arrange the pieces of meat,#Verse 6 in the context uses the same word with reference to the meat the head, and the suet on the wood that is on the fire that is on the altar. 9Then#Or “And” he must wash its inner parts#Or “entrails” and its lower leg bones with water, and the priest will turn into smoke the whole animal on the altar as a burnt offering by fire, as an appeasing fragrance for Yahweh.
10“ ‘But if his offering is from the flock,#The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals) from the sheep or from the goats for a burnt offering, he must present#Hebrew “present it” an unblemished#Same word as in v. 3 male. 11He#Or “And he” must slaughter it on the north side of the altar before#Literally “to the face of” Yahweh; then#Or “and” Aaron’s sons, the priests, will sprinkle its blood all around the altar. 12Then#Or “And” he must cut it into pieces along with its head and its suet; and the priest will arrange them on the wood that is on the fire that is on the altar. 13Then#Or “And” he must wash the inner parts#Or “entrails” and the lower leg bones with water and the priest shall present the whole animal and will turn it#Understood direct object into smoke on the altar; it is a burnt offering by fire as an appeasing fragrance for Yahweh.
14“ ‘But if his offering for Yahweh is a burnt offering from the birds, then he must present his offering from the turtledoves or from the young doves.#Literally “the sons of the dove” 15The priest#Or “And the priest” will present it at the altar and must wring off its head and turn it into smoke on the altar, and its blood will be drained out on the wall#Or “side” of the altar. 16He#Or “And he” must remove its crop with its plumage and throw it to the east beside the altar on the place of the fatty ashes. 17Then#Or “And” he must tear it apart by its wings but must not sever it; then#Or “and” the priest will turn it into smoke on the altar. It is a burnt offering by fire as an appeasing fragrance for Yahweh.’ ”
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