Leviticus 5:1-13 (New International Version)

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1 " 'If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify1 regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.2 2 " 'Or if a person touches anything ceremonially unclean--whether the carcasses of unclean wild animals or of unclean livestock or of unclean creatures that move along the ground3--even though he is unaware of it, he has become unclean4 and is guilty. 3 " 'Or if he touches human uncleanness5--anything that would make him unclean6--even though he is unaware of it, when he learns of it he will be guilty. 4 " 'Or if a person thoughtlessly takes an oath7 to do anything, whether good or evil8--in any matter one might carelessly swear about--even though he is unaware of it, in any case when he learns of it he will be guilty. 5 " 'When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess9 in what way he has sinned 6 and, as a penalty for the sin he has committed, he must bring to the LORD a female lamb or goat10 from the flock as a sin offering;11 and the priest shall make atonement12 for him for his sin. 7 " 'If he cannot afford13 a lamb,14 he is to bring two doves or two young pigeons15 to the LORD as a penalty for his sin--one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. 8 He is to bring them to the priest, who shall first offer the one for the sin offering. He is to wring its head from its neck,16 not severing it completely,17 9 and is to sprinkle18 some of the blood of the sin offering against the side of the altar;19 the rest of the blood must be drained out at the base of the altar.20 It is a sin offering. 10 The priest shall then offer the other as a burnt offering in the prescribed way21 and make atonement22 for him for the sin he has committed, and he will be forgiven.23 11 " 'If, however, he cannot afford24 two doves or two young pigeons,25 he is to bring as an offering for his sin a tenth of an ephaha26 of fine flour27 for a sin offering. He must not put oil or incense on it, because it is a sin offering. 12 He is to bring it to the priest, who shall take a handful of it as a memorial portion28 and burn it on the altar29 on top of the offerings made to the LORD by fire. It is a sin offering. 13 In this way the priest will make atonement30 for him for any of these sins he has committed, and he will be forgiven. The rest of the offering will belong to the priest,31 as in the case of the grain offering.32' "
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