Leviticus 4:2-3

2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands—
3 “ ‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering[a] for the sin he has committed.

Leviticus 4:2-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO LEVITICUS 4

This chapter contains the law of the sin offering, which was offered for sins committed through ignorance, error, and mistake, Le 4:1,2 and gives an account of the matter of them, and the rites belonging thereunto, which were different according to the persons for whom it was made, as for the anointed priest, Le 4:3-12 for the whole congregation, Le 4:13-21 and for the ruler, Le 4:22-26 and for any of the common people, Le 4:27-35.

Leviticus 4:2-3 In-Context

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands—
3 “ ‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.
4 He is to present the bull at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the LORD. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it there before the LORD.
5 Then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull’s blood and carry it into the tent of meeting.
6 He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the LORD, in front of the curtain of the sanctuary.

Cross References 8

  • 1. ver 13,27; Leviticus 5:15-18; Leviticus 22:14; Numbers 15:24-29; Numbers 35:11-15; Joshua 20:3,9; Psalms 19:12; Hebrews 9:7
  • 2. ver 22; Numbers 15:22
  • 3. S Exodus 28:41
  • 4. S Genesis 18:23
  • 5. ver 14; Leviticus 3:12; Leviticus 8:14; Leviticus 10:16; Leviticus 16:3,5; Numbers 15:27; Psalms 66:15; Ezekiel 43:19,23
  • 6. S Exodus 12:5
  • 7. S ver 24; S Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 5:6-13; Leviticus 9:2-22; Hebrews 9:13-14
  • 8. ver 32

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "purification offering" ; here and throughout this chapter