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The Burnt Offering

The Lord ·called to [summoned] Moses and spoke to him from the Meeting Tent, saying, “Tell the ·people [L sons; children] of Israel: ‘When you bring an offering [L of livestock] to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from the herd or flock.

“‘If the offering is a whole burnt offering from the herd, it must be a male ·that has nothing wrong with it [without blemish/defect]. The person must take the animal to the entrance of the Meeting Tent so that the Lord will accept the offering. He must ·put [lay] his hand on the animal’s head [C to identify with the animal that served as a substitute], and ·the Lord will accept it to remove the person’s sin so he will belong to God [L it will be acceptable as atonement/expiation for him]. He must ·kill [slaughter] the young bull before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, must bring its blood and ·sprinkle [dash] it on all sides of the altar at the entrance to the Meeting Tent. After that he will skin the ·animal [L whole burnt offering] and cut it into pieces. The [L sons of Aaron, the] priests, when they have ·put [arranged] wood and fire on the altar, [L the sons of Aaron, the priests,] are to ·lay [arrange] the head, the ·fat [suet], and other pieces on the wood that is on the fire of the altar. The animal’s inner organs and legs must be washed with water. Then the priest must ·burn all the animal’s parts [L turn it into smoke] on the altar. It is a whole burnt offering, an offering made by fire, and its smell is pleasing to the Lord.

10 “‘If the ·burnt offering [L offering; gift] is a sheep or a goat from the flock [C acceptable if the worshiper could not afford a bull], it must be a male ·that has nothing wrong with it [without blemish/defect]. 11 The person must ·kill [slaughter] the animal on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, must ·sprinkle [dash] its blood on all sides of the altar. 12 The person must cut the animal into pieces, and the priest must ·lay [arrange] them, with the head and ·fat [suet], on the wood that is on the fire of the altar. 13 The person must wash the animal’s inner organs and legs with water, and then the priest must ·burn all its parts [L turn it into smoke] on the altar. It is a whole burnt offering, an offering made by fire, and its smell is pleasing to the Lord.

14 “‘If the ·whole burnt offering [offering; gift] for the Lord is a bird [C presumably because the worshiper could not afford an animal from the herd or flock], it must be a dove or a young pigeon. 15 The priest will bring it to the altar and ·pull [wring] off its head, which he will ·burn [L turn into smoke] on the altar; its blood must be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 The priest must remove the bird’s crop [C a part of its digestive system] and its contents and throw them on the east side of the altar, where the ashes are. 17 Then he must tear the bird open by its wings without dividing it into two parts. The priest must ·burn the bird [L turn it into smoke] on the altar, on the wood which is on the fire. It is a whole burnt offering, an offering made by fire, and its smell is pleasing to the Lord.

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