Then let them take a young bullock
Of two years old, as the Jewish writers gather from the other in the next clause, being called the second; though the wise men say one of three years old is fit for such a sacrifice; nay, others say, if four or five years old; but the decision is according to the wise men F17
with his meat offering, [even] fine flour mingled with oil:
which always went along with a burnt offering, and consisted of three tenth deals of line flour, and half an hin of oil, ( Numbers 28:12 Numbers 28:14 ) ;
and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering;
which was the offering for the sin of the whole congregation of Israel, through ignorance; and this being for all the Levites, and they being instead of the firstborn of Israel, such an offering was required; and though there was no particular sin charged upon them, but it became necessary for their perfect cleansing and expiation.
F17 Misn. Parah, c. 1. sect. 2. & Bartenora in ib.