The Day of Atonement

1 The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the LORD.

References for Leviticus 16:1

2 The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.

References for Leviticus 16:2

3 “This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offeringa and a ram for a burnt offering.

References for Leviticus 16:3

    • „ 16:3 - Or "purification offering" ; here and throughout this chapter
      4 He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on.

      References for Leviticus 16:4

      5 From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

      References for Leviticus 16:5

      6 “Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household.

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      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 lots for the two goats—one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat.b

      References for Leviticus 16:8

        • … 16:8 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verses 10 and 26.
          9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering.