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Leviticus 16:1-14 (New International Version)

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The Day of Atonement

16:2-34pp -- Lev 23:26-32; Nu 29:7-11

1 The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the LORD.1 2 The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses2 into the Most Holy Place3 behind the curtain4 in front of the atonement cover5 on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear6 in the cloud7 over the atonement cover. 3 "This is how Aaron is to enter the sanctuary area:8 with a young bull9 for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.10 4 He is to put on the sacred linen tunic,11 with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban.12 These are sacred garments;13 so he must bathe himself with water14 before he puts them on.15 5 From the Israelite community16 he is to take two male goats17 for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 6 "Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household.18 7 Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 8 He is to cast lots19 for the two goats--one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat.a20 9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering. 10 But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement21 by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat. 11 "Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household,22 and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering. 12 He is to take a censer full of burning coals23 from the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense24 and take them behind the curtain. 13 He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover25 above the Testimony, so that he will not die.26 14 He is to take some of the bull's blood27 and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.28
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