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Leviticus 22:17-30 (New International Version)

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Unacceptable Sacrifices

17 The LORD said to Moses, 18 "Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: 'If any of you--either an Israelite or an alien living in Israel1--presents a gift2 for a burnt offering to the LORD, either to fulfill a vow3 or as a freewill offering,4 19 you must present a male without defect5 from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.6 20 Do not bring anything with a defect,7 because it will not be accepted on your behalf.8 21 When anyone brings from the herd or flock9 a fellowship offeringa10 to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering,11 it must be without defect or blemish12 to be acceptable.13 22 Do not offer to the LORD the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as an offering made to the LORD by fire. 23 You may, however, present as a freewill offering an oxb or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow. 24 You must not offer to the LORD an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut.14 You must not do this in your own land, 25 and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God.15 They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.16' " 26 The LORD said to Moses, 27 "When a calf, a lamb or a goat17 is born, it is to remain with its mother for seven days.18 From the eighth day19 on, it will be acceptable20 as an offering made to the LORD by fire. 28 Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day.21 29 "When you sacrifice a thank offering22 to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. 30 It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning.23 I am the LORD.24
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