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Numbers 15:3

3 and you present to the LORD food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the LORD—whether burnt offerings or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings or festival offerings—

Read Numbers 15:3 Using Other Translations

And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd, or of the flock:
and you offer to the LORD from the herd or from the flock a food offering or a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a pleasing aroma to the LORD,
you will offer special gifts as a pleasing aroma to the LORD . These gifts may take the form of a burnt offering, a sacrifice to fulfill a vow, a voluntary offering, or an offering at any of your annual festivals, and they may be taken from your herds of cattle or your flocks of sheep and goats.

What does Numbers 15:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 15:3

And will make an offering by fire unto the Lord, a burnt
The first of these respects such offerings by fire, which were not wholly burnt, but part of them were eaten by the priests, ( Deuteronomy 18:1 ) ; and the latter such as were wholly burnt, unless the latter can be thought to be only an explanation of the former:

or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering;
these were peace offerings, some of which were for thanksgiving, and others were either a vow or a freewill offering, as here: see ( Leviticus 7:11 Leviticus 7:12 Leviticus 7:16 ) ;

or in your solemn feasts;
as the passover, pentecost of which, and the offerings in them, see ( Leviticus 23:4-37 ) ( Numbers 28:1-29:40 ) ;

to make a sweet savour unto the Lord;
for acceptance with him:

of the herd or of the flock;
a bullock of the one, a lamb or kid of the goats of the other; fowls are not mentioned, because burnt offerings of them required no drink offerings F6.


F6 Maimon. Maaseh Hakorbanot, c. 2. sect. 2.
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