Now two of Aaron's sons had died while offering incense to the Lord, and after that time the Lord spoke to Moses.
The Lord said to him, "Tell your brother Aaron that there are times when he cannot go behind the curtain into the Most Holy Place where the Ark is. If he goes in when I appear in a cloud over the lid on the Ark, he will die.
"This is how Aaron may enter the Most Holy Place: Before he enters, he must offer a bull for a sin offering and a male sheep for a whole burnt offering.
He must put on the holy linen inner robe, with the linen underclothes next to his body. His belt will be the cloth belt, and he will wear the linen turban. These are holy clothes, so he must bathe his body in water before he puts them on.
"Aaron must take from the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and one male sheep for a burnt offering.
Then he will offer the bull for the sin offering for himself to remove sins from him and his family so they will belong to the Lord.
"Next Aaron will take the two goats and bring them before the Lord at the entrance to the Meeting Tent.
He will throw lots for the two goats -- one will be for the Lord and the other for the goat that removes sin.
Then Aaron will take the goat that was chosen for the Lord by throwing the lot, and he will offer it as a sin offering.
The other goat, which was chosen by lot to remove the sin, must be brought alive before the Lord. The priest will use it to perform the acts that remove Israel's sin so they will belong to the Lord. Then this goat will be sent out into the desert as a goat that removes sin.