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Laws concerning offerings and sacrifices

LEVITICUS. RULES OF WORSHIP: Sacrifice.

1 THE LORD SUMMONED MOSES and spoke to him from the Tent of the Presence, and said, 2 Say this to the Israelites: When any man among you presents an animal as an offering to the LORD, the offering may be presented either from the herd or from the flock.

3 If his offering is a whole-offering from the cattle, he shall present a male without blemish ; he shall present it at the entrance to the Tent of the Presence before the LORD so as to secure acceptance for himself. 4 He shall lay his hand on the head of the victim and it will be accepted on his behalf [Or by him (the LORD)] to make expiation for him. 5 He shall slaughter the bull before the LORD, and the Aaronite priests shall present the blood and fling it against the altar all round at the entrance of the Tent of the Presence. 6 He shall then flay the victim and cut it up. 7 The sons of Aaron the priest shall kindle a fire On the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8 The Aaronite priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the suet, on the wood on the altar-fire, 9 the entrails and shins shall be washed in water, and the priest shall burn it all on the altar as a whole-offering, a food-offering of soothing odour to the LORD.

10 If the man's whole-offering is from the flock, either from the rams or from the goats, he shall present a male without blemish. 11 He shall slaughter it before the LORD at the north side of the altar, and the Aaronite priests shall fling the blood against the altar all round. 12 He shall cut it up, and the priest shall arrange the pieces, together with the head and the suet, on the wood on the altar-fire, 13 the entrails and shins shall be washed in water, and the priest shall present and burn it all on the altar: it is a whole-offering, a food-offering of soothing odour to the LORD.

14 If a man's offering to the LORD is a whole-offering of birds, he shall present turtle-doves or young pigeons as his offering. 15 The priest shall present it at the altar, and shall wrench off the head and burn it on the altar; and the blood shall be drained out against the side of the altar. 16 He shall take away the crop and its contents in one piece, and throw it to the east side of the altar where the ashes are. 17 He shall tear it by its wings without severing them completely, and shall burn it on the altar, on top of the wood of the altar-fire: it is a whole-offering, a food-offering of soothing odour to the LORD.

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