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Leviticus 22 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord said to Moses, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Tell Aaron and his sons: 'The people of Israel will give offerings to me. These offerings are holy, and they are mine, so you must respect them to show that you respect my holy name. I am the Lord.' 2 "Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD.
3 Say to them: 'If any one of your descendants from now on is unclean and comes near the offerings that the Israelites made holy for me, that person must be cut off from appearing before me. I am the Lord. 3 "Say to them: 'For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the LORD, that person must be cut off from my presence. I am the LORD.
4 "'If one of Aaron's descendants has a harmful skin disease, or if he discharges a body fluid, he cannot eat the holy offerings until he becomes clean. He could also become unclean from touching a dead body, from his own semen, 4 " 'If a descendant of Aaron has an infectious skin disease or a bodily discharge, he may not eat the sacred offerings until he is cleansed. He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse or by anyone who has an emission of semen,
5 from touching any unclean crawling animal, or from touching an unclean person (no matter what made the person unclean). 5 or if he touches any crawling thing that makes him unclean, or any person who makes him unclean, whatever the uncleanness may be.
6 Anyone who touches those things will become unclean until evening. That person must not eat the holy offerings unless he washes with water. 6 The one who touches any such thing will be unclean till evening. He must not eat any of the sacred offerings unless he has bathed himself with water.
7 He will be clean only after the sun goes down. Then he may eat the holy offerings; the offerings are his food. 7 When the sun goes down, he will be clean, and after that he may eat the sacred offerings, for they are his food.
8 "'If a priest finds an animal that died by itself or that was killed by some other animal, he must not eat it. If he does, he will become unclean. I am the Lord. 8 He must not eat anything found dead or torn by wild animals, and so become unclean through it. I am the LORD.
9 "'If the priests keep all the rules I have given, they will not become guilty; if they are careful, they will not die. I am the Lord who has made them holy. 9 " 'The priests are to keep my requirements so that they do not become guilty and die for treating them with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.
10 Only people in a priest's family may eat the holy offering. A visitor staying with the priest or a hired worker must not eat it. 10 " 'No one outside a priest's family may eat the sacred offering, nor may the guest of a priest or his hired worker eat it.
11 But if the priest buys a slave with his own money, that slave may eat the holy offerings; slaves who were born in his house may also eat his food. 11 But if a priest buys a slave with money, or if a slave is born in his household, that slave may eat his food.
12 If a priest's daughter marries a person who is not a priest, she must not eat any of the holy offerings. 12 If a priest's daughter marries anyone other than a priest, she may not eat any of the sacred contributions.
13 But if the priest's daughter becomes widowed or divorced, with no children to support her, and if she goes back to her father's house where she lived as a child, she may eat some of her father's food. But only people from a priest's family may eat this food. 13 But if a priest's daughter becomes a widow or is divorced, yet has no children, and she returns to live in her father's house as in her youth, she may eat of her father's food. No unauthorized person, however, may eat any of it.
14 "'If someone eats some of the holy offering by mistake, that person must pay back the priest for that holy food, adding another one-fifth of the price of that food. 14 " 'If anyone eats a sacred offering by mistake, he must make restitution to the priest for the offering and add a fifth of the value to it.
15 "'When the Israelites give their holy offerings to the Lord, the priest must not treat these holy things as though they were not holy. 15 The priests must not desecrate the sacred offerings the Israelites present to the LORD
16 The priests must not allow those who are not priests to eat the holy offerings. If they do, they cause the ones who eat the holy offerings to become guilty, and they will have to pay for it. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.'" 16 by allowing them to eat the sacred offerings and so bring upon them guilt requiring payment. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.' "
17 The Lord said to Moses, 17 The LORD said to Moses,
18 "Tell Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel: 'A citizen of Israel or a foreigner living in Israel might want to bring a whole burnt offering, either for some special promise he has made or for a special gift he wants to give to the Lord. 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 Israel--presents a gift for a burnt offering to the LORD, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering,
19 If he does, he must bring a male animal that has nothing wrong with it -- a bull, a sheep, or a goat -- so it might be accepted for him. 19 you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.
20 He must not bring an animal that has something wrong with it, or it will not be accepted for him. 20 Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.
21 "'If someone brings a fellowship offering to the Lord, either as payment for a special promise the person has made or as a special gift the person wants to give the Lord, it might be from the herd or from the flock. But it must be healthy, with nothing wrong with it, so that it will be accepted. 21 When anyone brings from the herd or flock a fellowship offering to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without defect or blemish to be acceptable.
22 You must not offer to the Lord any animal that is blind, that has broken bones or is crippled, that has running sores or any sort of skin disease. You must not offer any animals like these on the altar as an offering by fire to the Lord. 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 "'If an ox or lamb is smaller than normal or is not perfectly formed, you may give it as a special gift to the Lord; it will be accepted. But it will not be accepted as payment for a special promise you have made. 23 You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow.
24 "'If an animal has bruised, crushed, torn, or cut sex glands, you must not offer it to the Lord. You must not do this in your own land, 24 You must not offer to the LORD an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut. You must not do this in your own land,
25 and you must not take such animals from foreigners as sacrifices to the Lord. Because the animals have been hurt in some way and have something wrong with them, they will not be accepted for you.'" 25 and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God. They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.' "
26 The Lord said to Moses, 26 The LORD said to Moses,
27 "When an ox, a sheep, or a goat is born, it must stay seven days with its mother. But from the eighth day on, this animal will be accepted as a sacrifice by fire to the Lord. 27 "When a calf, a lamb or a goat is born, it is to remain with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as an offering made to the LORD by fire.
28 But you must not kill the animal and its mother on the same day, either an ox or a sheep. 28 Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day.
29 "If you want to offer some special offering of thanks to the Lord, you must do it in a way that pleases him. 29 "When you sacrifice a thank offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.
30 You must eat the whole animal that same day and not leave any of the meat for the next morning. I am the Lord. 30 It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning. I am the LORD.
31 "Remember my commands and obey them; I am the Lord. 31 "Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD.
32 Show respect for my holy name. You Israelites must remember that I am holy; I am the Lord, who has made you holy. 32 Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who makes you holy
33 I brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord." 33 and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD."