Leviticus 4 TNIV

The Sin Offering

1 The LORD said to Moses,

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      2 "Say to the Israelites: 'When anyone sins unintentionally1 and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD's commands2--

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      3 " 'If the anointed priest3 sins,4 bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull5 without defect6 as a sin offeringa7 for the sin he has committed.8

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        • a 4:3 - Or "purification offering"; here and throughout this chapter
          4 He is to present the bull at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the LORD.9 He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it there before the LORD.

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              5 Then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull's blood10 and carry it into the tent of meeting.

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              6 He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle11 some of it seven times before the LORD,12 in front of the curtain of the sanctuary.13

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              7 The priest shall then put some of the blood on the horns14 of the altar of fragrant incense that is before the LORD in the tent of meeting. The rest of the bull's blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar15 of burnt offering16 at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

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                  8 He shall remove all the fat17 from the bull of the sin offering--all the fat that is connected to the internal organs,

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                  9 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which he will remove with the kidneys18--

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                  10 just as the fat is removed from the oxb19 sacrificed as a fellowship offering.20 Then the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering.21

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                    • b 4:10 - The Hebrew word can refer to either male or female.
                      11 But the hide of the bull and all its flesh, as well as the head and legs, the internal organs and the intestines22--

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                      12 that is, all the rest of the bull--he must take outside the camp23 to a place ceremonially clean,24 where the ashes25 are thrown, and burn it26 there in a wood fire on the ash heap.27

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                      13 " 'If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally28 and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD's commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, when they realize their guilt

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                      14 and the sin they committed becomes known, the assembly must bring a young bull29 as a sin offering30 and present it before the tent of meeting.

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                          15 The elders31 of the community are to lay their hands32 on the bull's head33 before the LORD, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the LORD.34

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                              16 Then the anointed priest is to take some of the bull's blood35 into the tent of meeting.

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                                  17 He shall dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle36 it before the LORD 37 seven times in front of the curtain.

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                                      18 He is to put some of the blood38 on the horns of the altar that is before the LORD 39 in the tent of meeting. The rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar40 of burnt offering at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

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                                      19 He shall remove all the fat41 from it and burn it on the altar,42

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                                          20 and do with this bull just as he did with the bull for the sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement43 for them, and they will be forgiven.44

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                                              21 Then he shall take the bull outside the camp45 and burn it as he burned the first bull. This is the sin offering for the community.46

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                                              22 " 'When a leader47 sins unintentionally48 and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the LORD his God, when he realizes his guilt

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                                              23 and the sin he has committed becomes known, he must bring as his offering a male goat49 without defect.

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                                                  24 He is to lay his hand on the goat's head and slaughter it at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered before the LORD.50 It is a sin offering.51

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                                                      25 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar52 of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.53

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                                                          26 He shall burn all the fat on the altar as he burned the fat of the fellowship offering. In this way the priest will make atonement54 for the leader's sin, and he will be forgiven.55

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                                                          27 " 'If any member of the community sins unintentionally56 and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD's commands, when they realize their guilt

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                                                          28 and the sin they have committed becomes known, they must bring as their offering57 for the sin they committed a female goat58 without defect.

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                                                              29 They are to lay their hand on the head59 of the sin offering60 and slaughter it at the place of the burnt offering.61

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                                                                  30 Then the priest is to take some of the blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering62 and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

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                                                                      31 They shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar63 as an aroma pleasing to the LORD.64 In this way the priest will make atonement65 for them, and they will be forgiven.66

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                                                                          32 " 'If they bring a lamb67 as their sin offering, they are to bring a female without defect.68

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                                                                          33 They are to lay their hand on its head and slaughter it69 for a sin offering70 at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered.71

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                                                                              34 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.72

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                                                                                  35 They shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the lamb of the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar73 on top of the food offerings presented to the LORD. In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the sin they have committed, and they will be forgiven.

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                                                                                    • 73 4:35 - ver 31; ver 26,31