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Leviticus 22:17-33 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Acceptable Sacrifices

17 The Lord spoke to Moses: 18 "Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites and tell them: Any man of the house of Israel or of the foreign residents in Israel who presents his offering-whether they present freewill gifts or payment of vows to the Lord as burnt offerings- 19 must offer an unblemished malea from the cattle, sheep, or goats in order for you to be accepted. 20 You are not to present anything that has a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. 21 "When a man presents a fellowship sacrifice to the Lord to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or flock, it has to be unblemished to be acceptable; there must be no defect in it. 22 You are not to present any [animal] to the Lord that is blind, injured, maimed, or has a running sore, festering rash, or scabs; you may not put any of them on the altar as a fire offering to the Lord.b 23 You may sacrifice as a freewill offering any animal from the herd or flock that has an elongated or stunted limb, but it is not acceptable as a vow offering. 24 You are not to present to the Lord anything that has bruised, crushed, torn, or severed [testicles];c you must not sacrifice [them] in your land. 25 Neither you nord a foreigner are to present food to your God from any of these animals. They will not be accepted for you because they are deformed and have a defect."e 26 The Lord spoke to Moses: 27 "When an ox, sheep, or goat is born, it must remain withf its mother for seven days; from the eighth dayg on, it will be acceptable as a gift, a fire offering to the Lord. 28 But you are not to slaughter an animal from the herd or flock on the same day as its young.h 29 When you sacrifice a thank offering to the Lord, sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.i 30 It is to be eaten on the same day.j Do not let any of it remain until morning; I am the Lord. 31 "You are to keep My commands and do them; I am the Lord. 32 You must not profane My holy name; I must be treated as holyk among the Israelites. I am the Lord who sets you apart, 33 the One who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the Lord."
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