"No layperson may eat anything set apart as holy. Nor may a priest's guest or his hired hand eat anything holy.
But if a priest buys a slave, the slave may eat of it; also the slaves born in his house may eat his food.
If a priest's daughter marries a layperson, she may no longer eat from the holy contributions.
But if the priest's daughter is widowed or divorced and without children and returns to her father's household as before, she may eat of her father's food. But no layperson may eat of it.
"If anyone eats from a holy offering accidentally, he must give back the holy offering to the priest and add twenty percent to it.
"The priests must not treat with irreverence the holy offerings of the Israelites that they contribute to God
lest they desecrate themselves and make themselves guilty when they eat the holy offerings. I am God who makes them holy."
God spoke to Moses,
"Tell Aaron and his sons and all the People of Israel, Each and every one of you, whether native born or foreigner, who presents a Whole-Burnt-Offering to God to fulfill a vow or as a Freewill-Offering,
must make sure that it is a male without defect from cattle, sheep, or goats for it to be acceptable.
Don't try slipping in some creature that has a defect - it won't be accepted.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)