or is contaminated by touching a crawling creature, or touches a person who is contaminated for whatever reason
- a person who touches any such thing will be ritually unclean until evening and may not eat any of the holy offerings unless he has washed well with water.
After the sun goes down he is clean and may go ahead and eat the holy offerings; they are his food.
But he must not contaminate himself by eating anything found dead or torn by wild animals. I am God.
"The priests must observe my instructions lest they become guilty and die by treating the offerings with irreverence. I am God who makes them holy.
"No layperson may eat anything set apart as holy. Nor may a priest's guest or his hired hand eat anything holy.
But if a priest buys a slave, the slave may eat of it; also the slaves born in his house may eat his food.
If a priest's daughter marries a layperson, she may no longer eat from the holy contributions.
But if the priest's daughter is widowed or divorced and without children and returns to her father's household as before, she may eat of her father's food. But no layperson may eat of it.
"If anyone eats from a holy offering accidentally, he must give back the holy offering to the priest and add twenty percent to it.
"The priests must not treat with irreverence the holy offerings of the Israelites that they contribute to God
lest they desecrate themselves and make themselves guilty when they eat the holy offerings. I am God who makes them holy."
God spoke to Moses,
"Tell Aaron and his sons and all the People of Israel, Each and every one of you, whether native born or foreigner, who presents a Whole-Burnt-Offering to God to fulfill a vow or as a Freewill-Offering,
must make sure that it is a male without defect from cattle, sheep, or goats for it to be acceptable.
Don't try slipping in some creature that has a defect - it won't be accepted.
Whenever anyone brings an offering from cattle or sheep as a Peace-Offering to God to fulfill a vow or as a Freewill-Offering, it has to be perfect, without defect, to be acceptable.
Don't try giving God an animal that is blind, crippled, mutilated, an animal with running sores, a rash, or mange. Don't place any of these on the Altar as a gift to God.
You may, though, offer an ox or sheep that is deformed or stunted as a Freewill-Offering, but it is not acceptable in fulfilling a vow.
Don't offer to God an animal with bruised, crushed, torn, or cut-off testicles. Don't do this in your own land
but don't accept them from foreigners and present them as food for your God either. Because of deformities and defects they will not be acceptable."