Leviticus 22:17-33

Acceptable Offerings

17 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
18 "Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel and say to them, 1When any one of the house of Israel or of the sojourners in Israel presents a burnt offering as his offering, for any of their vows or freewill offerings that they offer to the LORD,
19 if it is to be accepted for you it shall be a 2male without blemish, of the bulls or the sheep or the goats.
20 3You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.
21 And when anyone 4offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD 5to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it.
22 Animals 6blind or disabled or mutilated or having a discharge or 7an itch or scabs you shall not offer to the LORD or give them to the LORD as a food 8offering on the altar.
23 You may present a bull or a lamb that has a part 9too long or too short for a freewill offering, but for a vow offering it cannot be accepted.
24 Any animal that has its testicles bruised or crushed or torn or cut you shall not offer to the LORD; you shall not do it within your land,
25 neither shall you offer as 10the bread of your God any such animals gotten from a foreigner. Since there is a 11blemish in them, because of their mutilation, they will not be accepted for you."
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
27 12"When an ox or sheep or goat is born, it shall remain seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be acceptable as a food offering to the LORD.
28 But you shall not kill an ox or a sheep 13and her young in one day.
29 And when you sacrifice a 14sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.
30 It shall be eaten on the same day; 15you shall leave none of it until morning: I am the LORD.
31 16"So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the LORD.
32 17And you shall not profane my holy name, that 18I may be sanctified among the people of Israel. 19I am the LORD who sanctifies you,
33 who brought you out of the land of Egypt 20to be your God: I am the LORD."

Leviticus 22:17-33 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO LEVITICUS 22

In this chapter several laws are delivered out, forbidding the priests to eat of holy things, when in any uncleanness, or at any time what dies of itself, or is torn of beasts, Le 22:1-9; also showing who belonging to the priests might or might not eat of the holy things, Le 22:10-16; and others requiring that whatever offerings were brought by the children, of Israel, they should be perfect and without blemish, Le 22:17-25; and also declaring what age a creature should be of when sacrificed, and the time when thank offerings were to be eaten, Le 22:26-30; concluding with an exhortation to observe the commands of God, and sanctify him, and not profane his name, Le 22:31-33.

Leviticus 22:17-33 In-Context

15 They shall not profane the holy things of the people of Israel, which they contribute to the LORD,
16 and so cause them to bear iniquity and guilt, by eating their holy things: for I am the LORD who sanctifies them."
17 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
18 "Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of the house of Israel or of the sojourners in Israel presents a burnt offering as his offering, for any of their vows or freewill offerings that they offer to the LORD,
19 if it is to be accepted for you it shall be a male without blemish, of the bulls or the sheep or the goats.
20 You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.
21 And when anyone offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it.
22 Animals blind or disabled or mutilated or having a discharge or an itch or scabs you shall not offer to the LORD or give them to the LORD as a food offering on the altar.
23 You may present a bull or a lamb that has a part too long or too short for a freewill offering, but for a vow offering it cannot be accepted.
24 Any animal that has its testicles bruised or crushed or torn or cut you shall not offer to the LORD; you shall not do it within your land,
25 neither shall you offer as the bread of your God any such animals gotten from a foreigner. Since there is a blemish in them, because of their mutilation, they will not be accepted for you."
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
27 "When an ox or sheep or goat is born, it shall remain seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be acceptable as a food offering to the LORD.
28 But you shall not kill an ox or a sheep and her young in one day.
29 And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.
30 It shall be eaten on the same day; you shall leave none of it until morning: I am the LORD.
31 "So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the LORD.
32 And you shall not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified among the people of Israel. I am the LORD who sanctifies you,
33 who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD."

Cross References 20

  • 1. Leviticus 1:2, 3, 10; Numbers 15:14
  • 2. Leviticus 1:3, 10
  • 3. Deuteronomy 15:21; Deuteronomy 17:1; Malachi 1:8, 14; [Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19]
  • 4. Leviticus 3:1, 6
  • 5. Leviticus 7:16; Numbers 15:3, 8; Deuteronomy 23:21, 23; Psalms 61:8; Psalms 65:1; Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5
  • 6. ver. 20; Leviticus 21:18; Malachi 1:8
  • 7. Leviticus 21:20
  • 8. Leviticus 1:9, 13; Leviticus 3:3, 5
  • 9. Leviticus 21:18
  • 10. See Leviticus 3:11
  • 11. Malachi 1:14
  • 12. Exodus 22:30
  • 13. [Deuteronomy 22:6]
  • 14. Leviticus 7:12; Psalms 107:22; Psalms 116:17; Amos 4:5
  • 15. Leviticus 7:15
  • 16. Leviticus 19:37; Numbers 15:40; Deuteronomy 4:40
  • 17. See Leviticus 18:21
  • 18. Leviticus 10:3
  • 19. See Leviticus 20:8
  • 20. See Exodus 6:7
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