The Book of Leviticus (NLT)

Leviticus receives its name from the Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the OT) and means "relating to the Levites." Its Hebrew title, wayyiqra', is the first word in the Hebrew text of the book and means “And he (i.e., the Lord) called.” Although Leviticus does not deal only with the special duties of the Levites, it is so named because it concerns mainly the service of worship at the tabernacle. This was conducted by the priests who were the sons of Aaron, assisted by many from the rest of the tribe of Levi. Exodus gave the directions for building the tabernacle, and now Leviticus gives the laws and regulations for worship there. It includes instructions on ceremonial cleanness, moral laws, holy days, the sabbath year and the Year of Jubilee. These laws were given, at least for the most part, during the year that Israel camped at Mount Sinai. God directed Moses in organizing Israel’s worship, government, and military forces. The book of Numbers continues the history with preparations for moving on from Sinai to Canaan.

Leviticus 1

Lev 1:1 The LORD called to Moses from the Tabernacle and said to him,

Lev 1:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present an animal as an offering to the LORD, you may take it from your herd of cattle or your flock of sheep and goats.

Lev 1:3 "If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the LORD.

Lev 1:4 Lay your hand on the animal's head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with Him.

Lev 1:5 Then slaughter the young bull in the LORD's presence, and Aaron's sons, the priests, will present the animal's blood by splattering it against all sides of the altar that stands at the entrance to the Tabernacle.

Lev 1:6 Then skin the animal and cut it into pieces.

Lev 1:7 The sons of Aaron the priest will build a wood fire on the altar.

Lev 1:8 They will arrange the pieces of the offering, including the head and fat, on the wood burning on the altar.

Lev 1:9 But the internal organs and the legs must first be washed with water. Then the priest will burn the entire sacrifice on the altar as a burnt offering. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 1:10 "If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the flock, it may be either a sheep or a goat, but it must be a male with no defects.

Lev 1:11 Slaughter the animal on the north side of the altar in the LORD's presence, and Aaron's sons, the priests, will splatter its blood against all sides of the altar.

Lev 1:12 Then cut the animal in pieces, and the priests will arrange the pieces of the offering, including the head and fat, on the wood burning on the altar.

Lev 1:13 But the internal organs and the legs must first be washed with water. Then the priest will burn the entire sacrifice on the altar as a burnt offering. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 1:14 "If you present a bird as a burnt offering to the LORD, choose either a turtledove or a young pigeon.

Lev 1:15 The priest will take the bird to the altar, wring off its head, and burn it on the altar. But first he must drain its blood against the side of the altar.

Lev 1:16 The priest must also remove the crop and the feathers and throw them in the ashes on the east side of the altar.

Lev 1:17 Then, grasping the bird by its wings, the priest will tear the bird open, but without tearing it apart. Then he will burn it as a burnt offering on the wood burning on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Leviticus 2

Meat offering: Minchah, from the Arabic manacha, to give, especially as a reciprocal gift, a gift, oblation, or eucharistical or gratitude offering, for the bounties of providence displayed in the fruits of the earth. It is termed a meat offering by our translators, because the term meat in their time was the general name for food. Lev_6:14-18, Lev_6:20-23, Lev_9:17; Num_15:4-21; Isa_66:20; Joh_6:35.

Lev 2:1 "When you present grain as an offering to the LORD, the offering must consist of choice flour. You are to pour olive oil on it, sprinkle it with frankincense,

Lev 2:2 and bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests. The priest will scoop out a handful of the flour moistened with oil, together with all the frankincense, and burn this representative portion on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 2:3 The rest of the grain offering will then be given to Aaron and his sons. This offering will be considered a most holy part of the special gifts presented to the LORD.

Lev 2:4 "If your offering is a grain offering baked in an oven, it must be made of choice flour, but without any yeast. It may be presented in the form of thin cakes mixed with olive oil or wafers spread with olive oil.

Lev 2:5 If your grain offering is cooked on a griddle, it must be made of choice flour mixed with olive oil but without any yeast.

Lev 2:6 Break it in pieces and pour olive oil on it; it is a grain offering.

Lev 2:7 If your grain offering is prepared in a pan, it must be made of choice flour and olive oil.

Lev 2:8 "No matter how a grain offering for the LORD has been prepared, bring it to the priest, who will present it at the altar.

Lev 2:9 The priest will take a representative portion of the grain offering and burn it on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 2:10 The rest of the grain offering will then be given to Aaron and his sons as their food. This offering will be considered a most holy part of the special gifts presented to the LORD.

Lev 2:11 "Do not use yeast in preparing any of the grain offerings you present to the LORD, because no yeast or honey may be burned as a special gift presented to the LORD.

Lev 2:12 You may add yeast and honey to an offering of the first crops of your harvest, but these must never be offered on the altar as a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 2:13 Season all your grain offerings with salt to remind you of God's eternal covenant. Never forget to add salt to your grain offerings.

Lev 2:14 "If you present a grain offering to the LORD from the first portion of your harvest, bring fresh grain that is coarsely ground and roasted on a fire.

Lev 2:15 Put olive oil on this grain offering, and sprinkle it with frankincense.

Lev 2:16 The priest will take a representative portion of the grain moistened with oil, together with all the frankincense, and burn it as a special gift presented to the LORD.

Leviticus 3

Lev 3:1 "If you present an animal from the herd as a peace offering to the LORD, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects.

Lev 3:2 Lay your hand on the animal's head, and slaughter it at the entrance of the Tabernacle. Then Aaron's sons, the priests, will splatter its blood against all sides of the altar.

Lev 3:3 The priest must present part of this peace offering as a special gift to the LORD. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,

Lev 3:4 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,

Lev 3:5 and Aaron's sons will burn them on top of the burnt offering on the wood burning on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 3:6 "If you present an animal from the flock as a peace offering to the LORD, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects.

Lev 3:7 If you present a sheep as your offering, bring it to the LORD,

Lev 3:8 lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it in front of the Tabernacle. Aaron's sons will then splatter the sheep's blood against all sides of the altar.

Lev 3:9 The priest must present the fat of this peace offering as a special gift to the LORD. This includes the fat of the broad tail cut off near the backbone, all the fat around the internal organs,

Lev 3:10 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,

Lev 3:11 and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food presented to the LORD.

Lev 3:12 "If you present a goat as your offering, bring it to the LORD,

Lev 3:13 lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it in front of the Tabernacle. Aaron's sons will then splatter the goat's blood against all sides of the altar.

Lev 3:14 The priest must present part of this offering as a special gift to the LORD. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,

Lev 3:15 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,

Lev 3:16 and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. All the fat belongs to the LORD.

Lev 3:17 "You must never eat any fat or blood. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation, wherever you live."

Leviticus 4

Lev 4:1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 4:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. This is how you are to deal with those who sin unintentionally by doing anything that violates one of the LORD's commands.

Lev 4:3 "If the high priest sins, bringing guilt upon the entire community, he must give a sin offering for the sin he has committed. He must present to the LORD a young bull with no defects.

Lev 4:4 He must bring the bull to the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle, lay his hand on the bull's head, and slaughter it before the LORD.

Lev 4:5 The high priest will then take some of the bull's blood into the Tabernacle,

Lev 4:6 dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD in front of the inner curtain of the sanctuary.

Lev 4:7 The priest will then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar for fragrant incense that stands in the LORD's presence inside the Tabernacle. He will pour out the rest of the bull's blood at the base of the altar for burnt offerings at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 4:8 Then the priest must remove all the fat of the bull to be offered as a sin offering. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,

Lev 4:9 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. He must remove these along with the kidneys,

Lev 4:10 just as he does with cattle offered as a peace offering, and burn them on the altar of burnt offerings.

Lev 4:11 But he must take whatever is left of the bull—its hide, meat, head, legs, internal organs, and dung—

Lev 4:12 and carry it away to a place outside the camp that is ceremonially clean, the place where the ashes are dumped. There, on the ash heap, he will burn it on a wood fire.

Lev 4:13 "If the entire Israelite community sins by violating one of the LORD's commands, but the people don't realize it, they are still guilty.

Lev 4:14 When they become aware of their sin, the people must bring a young bull as an offering for their sin and present it before the Tabernacle.

Lev 4:15 The elders of the community must then lay their hands on the bull's head and slaughter it before the LORD.

Lev 4:16 The high priest will then take some of the bull's blood into the Tabernacle,

Lev 4:17 dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD in front of the inner curtain.

Lev 4:18 He will then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar for fragrant incense that stands in the LORD's presence inside the Tabernacle. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar for burnt offerings at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 4:19 Then the priest must remove all the animal's fat and burn it on the altar,

Lev 4:20 just as he does with the bull offered as a sin offering for the high priest. Through this process, the priest will purify the people, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven.

Lev 4:21 Then the priest must take what is left of the bull and carry it outside the camp and burn it there, just as is done with the sin offering for the high priest. This offering is for the sin of the entire congregation of Israel.

Lev 4:22 "If one of Israel's leaders sins by violating one of the commands of the LORD his God but doesn't realize it, he is still guilty.

Lev 4:23 When he becomes aware of his sin, he must bring as his offering a male goat with no defects.

Lev 4:24 He must lay his hand on the goat's head and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered before the LORD. This is an offering for his sin.

Lev 4:25 Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood of the sin offering and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

Lev 4:26 Then he must burn all the goat's fat on the altar, just as he does with the peace offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the leader from his sin, making him right with the LORD, and he will be forgiven.

Lev 4:27 "If any of the common people sin by violating one of the LORD's commands, but they don't realize it, they are still guilty.

Lev 4:28 When they become aware of their sin, they must bring as an offering for their sin a female goat with no defects.

Lev 4:29 They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered.

Lev 4:30 Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

Lev 4:31 Then he must remove all the goat's fat, just as he does with the fat of the peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar, and it will be a pleasing aroma to the LORD. Through this process, the priest will purify the people, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven.

Lev 4:32 "If the people bring a sheep as their sin offering, it must be a female with no defects.

Lev 4:33 They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered.

Lev 4:34 Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood of the sin offering and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

Lev 4:35 Then he must remove all the sheep's fat, just as he does with the fat of a sheep presented as a peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar on top of the special gifts presented to the LORD. Through this process, the priest will purify the people from their sin, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven.

Leviticus 5

The voice of swearing: Kol alah, rather, "the voice of adjuration," φωνην ορκισμου, as the LXX render; for this does not relate to the duty of informing against a common swearer, but to the case of a person who, being adjured by the civil magistrate to answer upon oath, refuses to declare what he knows upon the subject - such an one shall bear his iniquity - shall be considered as guilty in the sight of God of the transgression which he has endeavoured to conceal, and must expect to be punished for hiding the iniquity with which he was acquainted.

Lev 5:1 "If you are called to testify about something you have seen or that you know about, it is sinful to refuse to testify, and you will be punished for your sin.

Lev 5:2 "Or suppose you unknowingly touch something that is ceremonially unclean, such as the carcass of an unclean animal. When you realize what you have done, you must admit your defilement and your guilt. This is true whether it is a wild animal, a domestic animal, or an animal that scurries along the ground.

Lev 5:3 "Or suppose you unknowingly touch something that makes a person unclean. When you realize what you have done, you must admit your guilt.

Lev 5:4 "Or suppose you make a foolish vow of any kind, whether its purpose is for good or for bad. When you realize its foolishness, you must admit your guilt.

Lev 5:5 "When you become aware of your guilt in any of these ways, you must confess your sin.

Lev 5:6 Then you must bring to the LORD as the penalty for your sin a female from the flock, either a sheep or a goat. This is a sin offering with which the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with the LORD.

Lev 5:7 "But if you cannot afford to bring a sheep, you may bring to the LORD two turtledoves or two young pigeons as the penalty for your sin. One of the birds will be for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.

Lev 5:8 You must bring them to the priest, who will present the first bird as the sin offering. He will wring its neck but without severing its head from the body.

Lev 5:9 Then he will sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering against the sides of the altar, and the rest of the blood will be drained out at the base of the altar. This is an offering for sin.

Lev 5:10 The priest will then prepare the second bird as a burnt offering, following all the procedures that have been prescribed. Through this process the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with the LORD, and you will be forgiven.

Lev 5:11 "If you cannot afford to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, you may bring two quarts of choice flour for your sin offering. Since it is an offering for sin, you must not moisten it with olive oil or put any frankincense on it.

Lev 5:12 Take the flour to the priest, who will scoop out a handful as a representative portion. He will burn it on the altar on top of the special gifts presented to the LORD. It is an offering for sin.

Lev 5:13 Through this process, the priest will purify those who are guilty of any of these sins, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven. The rest of the flour will belong to the priest, just as with the grain offering."

Lev 5:14 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 5:15 "If one of you commits a sin by unintentionally defiling the LORD's sacred property, you must bring a guilt offering to the LORD. The offering must be your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value with silver, as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel.

Lev 5:16 You must make restitution for the sacred property you have harmed by paying for the loss, plus an additional 20 percent. When you give the payment to the priest, he will purify you with the ram sacrificed as a guilt offering, making you right with the LORD, and you will be forgiven.

Lev 5:17 "Suppose you sin by violating one of the LORD's commands. Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin.

Lev 5:18 For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right with the LORD, and you will be forgiven.

Lev 5:19 This is a guilt offering, for you have been guilty of an offense against the LORD."

Leviticus 6

Lev 6:1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 6:2 "Suppose one of you sins against your associate and is unfaithful to the LORD. Suppose you cheat in a deal involving a security deposit, or you steal or commit fraud,

Lev 6:3 or you find lost property and lie about it, or you lie while swearing to tell the truth, or you commit any other such sin.

Lev 6:4 If you have sinned in any of these ways, you are guilty. You must give back whatever you stole, or the money you took by extortion, or the security deposit, or the lost property you found,

Lev 6:5 or anything obtained by swearing falsely. You must make restitution by paying the full price plus an additional 20 percent to the person you have harmed. On the same day you must present a guilt offering.

Lev 6:6 As a guilt offering to the LORD, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value.

Lev 6:7 Through this process, the priest will purify you before the LORD, making you right with Him, and you will be forgiven for any of these sins you have committed."

Lev 6:8 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 6:9 "Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the burnt offering. The burnt offering must be left on top of the altar until the next morning, and the fire on the altar must be kept burning all night.

Lev 6:10 In the morning, after the priest on duty has put on his official linen clothing and linen undergarments, he must clean out the ashes of the burnt offering and put them beside the altar.

Lev 6:11 Then he must take off these garments, change back into his regular clothes, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean.

Lev 6:12 Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out. Each morning the priest will add fresh wood to the fire and arrange the burnt offering on it. He will then burn the fat of the peace offerings on it.

Lev 6:13 Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out.

Lev 6:14 "These are the instructions regarding the grain offering. Aaron's sons must present this offering to the LORD in front of the altar.

Lev 6:15 The priest on duty will take from the grain offering a handful of the choice flour moistened with olive oil, together with all the frankincense. He will burn this representative portion on the altar as a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 6:16 Aaron and his sons may eat the rest of the flour, but it must be baked without yeast and eaten in a sacred place within the courtyard of the Tabernacle.

Lev 6:17 Remember, it must never be prepared with yeast. I have given it to the priests as their share of the special gifts presented to Me. Like the sin offering and the guilt offering, it is most holy.

Lev 6:18 Any of Aaron's male descendants may eat from the special gifts presented to the LORD. This is their permanent right from generation to generation. Anyone or anything that touches these offerings will become holy."

Lev 6:19 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 6:20 "On the day Aaron and his sons are anointed, they must present to the LORD a grain offering of two quarts of choice flour, half to be offered in the morning and half to be offered in the evening.

Lev 6:21 It must be carefully mixed with olive oil and cooked on a griddle. Then slice this grain offering and present it as a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 6:22 In each generation, the high priest who succeeds Aaron must prepare this same offering. It belongs to the LORD and must be burned up completely. This is a permanent law.

Lev 6:23 All such grain offerings of a priest must be burned up entirely. None of it may be eaten."

Lev 6:24 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 6:25 "Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the sin offering. The animal given as an offering for sin is a most holy offering, and it must be slaughtered in the LORD's presence at the place where the burnt offerings are slaughtered.

Lev 6:26 The priest who offers the sacrifice as a sin offering must eat his portion in a sacred place within the courtyard of the Tabernacle.

Lev 6:27 Anyone or anything that touches the sacrificial meat will become holy. If any of the sacrificial blood spatters on a person's clothing, the soiled garment must be washed in a sacred place.

Lev 6:28 If a clay pot is used to boil the sacrificial meat, it must then be broken. If a bronze pot is used, it must be scoured and thoroughly rinsed with water.

Lev 6:29 Any male from a priest's family may eat from this offering; it is most holy.

Lev 6:30 But the offering for sin may not be eaten if its blood was brought into the Tabernacle as an offering for purification in the Holy Place. It must be completely burned with fire.

Leviticus 7

Lev 7:1 "These are the instructions for the guilt offering. It is most holy.

Lev 7:2 The animal sacrificed as a guilt offering must be slaughtered at the place where the burnt offerings are slaughtered, and its blood must be splattered against all sides of the altar.

Lev 7:3 The priest will then offer all its fat on the altar, including the fat of the broad tail, the fat around the internal organs,

Lev 7:4 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These are to be removed with the kidneys,

Lev 7:5 and the priests will burn them on the altar as a special gift presented to the LORD. This is the guilt offering.

Lev 7:6 Any male from a priest's family may eat the meat. It must be eaten in a sacred place, for it is most holy.

Lev 7:7 "The same instructions apply to both the guilt offering and the sin offering. Both belong to the priest who uses them to purify someone, making that person right with the LORD.

Lev 7:8 In the case of the burnt offering, the priest may keep the hide of the sacrificed animal.

Lev 7:9 Any grain offering that has been baked in an oven, prepared in a pan, or cooked on a griddle belongs to the priest who presents it.

Lev 7:10 All other grain offerings, whether made of dry flour or flour moistened with olive oil, are to be shared equally among all the priests, the descendants of Aaron.

Lev 7:11 "These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the LORD.

Lev 7:12 If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil.

Lev 7:13 This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of bread made with yeast.

Lev 7:14 One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the LORD. It will then belong to the priest who splatters the blood of the peace offering against the altar.

Lev 7:15 The meat of the peace offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning.

Lev 7:16 "If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day.

Lev 7:17 Any meat left over until the third day must be completely burned up.

Lev 7:18 If any of the meat from the peace offering is eaten on the third day, the person who presented it will not be accepted by the LORD. You will receive no credit for offering it. By then the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will be punished for your sin.

Lev 7:19 "Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean may not be eaten; it must be completely burned up. The rest of the meat may be eaten, but only by people who are ceremonially clean.

Lev 7:20 If you are ceremonially unclean and you eat meat from a peace offering that was presented to the LORD, you will be cut off from the community.

Lev 7:21 If you touch anything that is unclean (whether it is human defilement or an unclean animal or any other unclean, detestable thing) and then eat meat from a peace offering presented to the LORD, you will be cut off from the community."

Lev 7:22 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 7:23 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats.

Lev 7:24 The fat of an animal found dead or torn to pieces by wild animals must never be eaten, though it may be used for any other purpose.

Lev 7:25 Anyone who eats fat from an animal presented as a special gift to the LORD will be cut off from the community.

Lev 7:26 No matter where you live, you must never consume the blood of any bird or animal.

Lev 7:27 Anyone who consumes blood will be cut off from the community."

Lev 7:28 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 7:29 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present a peace offering to the LORD, bring part of it as a gift to the LORD.

Lev 7:30 Present it to the LORD with your own hands as a special gift to the LORD. Bring the fat of the animal, together with the breast, and lift up the breast as a special offering to the LORD.

Lev 7:31 Then the priest will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his descendants.

Lev 7:32 Give the right thigh of your peace offering to the priest as a gift.

Lev 7:33 The right thigh must always be given to the priest who offers the blood and the fat of the peace offering.

Lev 7:34 For I have reserved the breast of the special offering and the right thigh of the sacred offering for the priests. It is the permanent right of Aaron and his descendants to share in the peace offerings brought by the people of Israel.

Lev 7:35 This is their rightful share. The special gifts presented to the LORD have been reserved for Aaron and his descendants from the time they were set apart to serve the LORD as priests.

Lev 7:36 On the day they were anointed, the LORD commanded the Israelites to give these portions to the priests as their permanent share from generation to generation."

Lev 7:37 These are the instructions for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, as well as the ordination offering and the peace offering.

Lev 7:38 The LORD gave these instructions to Moses on Mount Sinai when He commanded the Israelites to present their offerings to the LORD in the wilderness of Sinai.

Leviticus 8

Lev 8:1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 8:2 "Bring Aaron and his sons, along with their sacred garments, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, the two rams, and the basket of bread made without yeast,

Lev 8:3 and call the entire community of Israel together at the entrance of the Tabernacle. "

Lev 8:4 So Moses followed the LORD's instructions, and the whole community assembled at the Tabernacle entrance.

Lev 8:5 Moses announced to them, "This is what the LORD has commanded us to do!"

Lev 8:6 Then he presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.

Lev 8:7 He put the official tunic on Aaron and tied the sash around his waist. He dressed him in the robe, placed the ephod on him, and attached the ephod securely with its decorative sash.

Lev 8:8 Then Moses placed the chestpiece on Aaron and put the Urim and the Thummim inside it.

Lev 8:9 He placed the turban on Aaron's head and attached the gold medallion—the badge of holiness—to the front of the turban, just as the LORD had commanded him.

Lev 8:10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and everything in it, making them holy.

Lev 8:11 He sprinkled the oil on the altar seven times, anointing it and all its utensils, as well as the washbasin and its stand, making them holy.

Lev 8:12 Then he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head, anointing him and making him holy for his work.

Lev 8:13 Next Moses presented Aaron's sons. He clothed them in their tunics, tied their sashes around them, and put their special head coverings on them, just as the LORD had commanded him.

Lev 8:14 Then Moses presented the bull for the sin offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the bull's head,

Lev 8:15 and Moses slaughtered it. Moses took some of the blood, and with his finger he put it on the four horns of the altar to purify it. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. Through this process, he made the altar holy by purifying it.

Lev 8:16 Then Moses took all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat around them, and he burned it all on the altar.

Lev 8:17 He took the rest of the bull, including its hide, meat, and dung, and burned it on a fire outside the camp, just as the LORD had commanded him.

Lev 8:18 Then Moses presented the ram for the burnt offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head,

Lev 8:19 and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took the ram's blood and splattered it against all sides of the altar.

Lev 8:20 Then he cut the ram into pieces, and he burned the head, some of its pieces, and the fat on the altar.

Lev 8:21 After washing the internal organs and the legs with water, Moses burned the entire ram on the altar as a burnt offering. It was a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the LORD, just as the LORD had commanded him.

Lev 8:22 Then Moses presented the other ram, which was the ram of ordination. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head,

Lev 8:23 and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took some of its blood and applied it to the lobe of Aaron's right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and the big toe of his right foot.

Lev 8:24 Next Moses presented Aaron's sons and applied some of the blood to the lobes of their right ears, the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toes of their right feet. He then splattered the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.

Lev 8:25 Next Moses took the fat, including the fat of the broad tail, the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat around them, along with the right thigh.

Lev 8:26 On top of these he placed a thin cake of bread made without yeast, a cake of bread mixed with olive oil, and a wafer spread with olive oil. All these were taken from the basket of bread made without yeast that was placed in the LORD's presence.

Lev 8:27 He put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons, and he lifted them up as a special offering to the LORD.

Lev 8:28 Moses then took all the offerings back from them and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering. This was the ordination offering. It was a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the LORD.

Lev 8:29 Then Moses took the breast and lifted it up as a special offering to the LORD. This was Moses' portion of the ram of ordination, just as the LORD had commanded him.

Lev 8:30 Next Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar, and he sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. In this way, he made Aaron and his sons and their garments holy.

Lev 8:31 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the remaining meat of the offerings at the Tabernacle entrance, and eat it there, along with the bread that is in the basket of offerings for the ordination, just as I commanded when I said, 'Aaron and his sons will eat it.'

Lev 8:32 Any meat or bread that is left over must then be burned up.

Lev 8:33 You must not leave the Tabernacle entrance for seven days, for that is when the ordination ceremony will be completed.

Lev 8:34 Everything we have done today was commanded by the LORD in order to purify you, making you right with Him.

Lev 8:35 Now stay at the entrance of the Tabernacle day and night for seven days, and do everything the LORD requires. If you fail to do this, you will die, for this is what the LORD has commanded."

Lev 8:36 So Aaron and his sons did everything the LORD had commanded through Moses.

Leviticus 9

The eighth day: Not on the eighth day of the month, but on the first day after their consecration, which occupied seven days, and before which they were deemed unfit to minister in holy things, being considered in a state of imperfection. All creatures, for the most part, were considered as in a state of uncleanness and imperfection, seven days, and perfected on the eighth. Lev_12:2-3; Lev_14:8-10; Lev_15:13-14; Lev_22:27; Num_6:9-10.) Lev_8:33, Lev_14:10, Lev_14:23, Lev_15:14, Lev_15:29; Num_6:10; Eze_43:26-27; Mat_28:1.

Lev 9:1 After the ordination ceremony, on the eighth day, Moses called together Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel.

Lev 9:2 He said to Aaron, "Take a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defects, and present them to the LORD.

Lev 9:3 Then tell the Israelites, 'Take a male goat for a sin offering, and take a calf and a lamb, both a year old and without defects, for a burnt offering.

Lev 9:4 Also take a bull and a ram for a peace offering and flour moistened with olive oil for a grain offering. Present all these offerings to the LORD because the LORD will appear to you today.'"

Lev 9:5 So the people presented all these things at the entrance of the Tabernacle, just as Moses had commanded. Then the whole community came forward and stood before the LORD.

Lev 9:6 And Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded you to do so that the glory of the LORD may appear to you."

Lev 9:7 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering to purify yourself and the people. Then present the offerings of the people to purify them, making them right with the LORD, just as He has commanded."

Lev 9:8 So Aaron went to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offering for himself.

Lev 9:9 His sons brought him the blood, and he dipped his finger in it and put it on the horns of the altar. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

Lev 9:10 Then he burned on the altar the fat, the kidneys, and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Lev 9:11 The meat and the hide, however, he burned outside the camp.

Lev 9:12 Next Aaron slaughtered the animal for the burnt offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides of the altar.

Lev 9:13 Then they handed him each piece of the burnt offering, including the head, and he burned them on the altar.

Lev 9:14 Then he washed the internal organs and the legs and burned them on the altar along with the rest of the burnt offering.

Lev 9:15 Next Aaron presented the offerings of the people. He slaughtered the people's goat and presented it as an offering for their sin, just as he had first done with the offering for his own sin.

Lev 9:16 Then he presented the burnt offering and sacrificed it in the prescribed way.

Lev 9:17 He also presented the grain offering, burning a handful of the flour mixture on the altar, in addition to the regular burnt offering for the morning.

Lev 9:18 Then Aaron slaughtered the bull and the ram for the people's peace offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides of the altar.

Lev 9:19 Then he took the fat of the bull and the ram—the fat of the broad tail and from around the internal organs—along with the kidneys and the long lobes of the livers.

Lev 9:20 He placed these fat portions on top of the breasts of these animals and burned them on the altar.

Lev 9:21 Aaron then lifted up the breasts and right thighs as a special offering to the LORD, just as Moses had commanded.

Lev 9:22 After that, Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. Then, after presenting the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, he stepped down from the altar.

Lev 9:23 Then Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people again, and the glory of the LORD appeared to the whole community.

Lev 9:24 Fire blazed forth from the LORD's presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.

Leviticus 10

Lev 10:1 Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before Him the wrong kind of fire, different than He had commanded.

Lev 10:2 So fire blazed forth from the LORD's presence and burned them up, and they died there before the LORD.

Lev 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD meant when He said, 'I will display My holiness through those who come near Me. I will display My glory before all the people.'" And Aaron was silent.

Lev 10:4 Then Moses called for Mishael and Elzaphan, Aaron's cousins, the sons of Aaron's uncle Uzziel. He said to them, "Come forward and carry away the bodies of your relatives from in front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp."

Lev 10:5 So they came forward and picked them up by their garments and carried them out of the camp, just as Moses had commanded.

Lev 10:6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do not show grief by leaving your hair uncombed or by tearing your clothes. If you do, you will die, and the LORD's anger will strike the whole community of Israel. However, the rest of the Israelites, your relatives, may mourn because of the LORD's fiery destruction of Nadab and Abihu.

Lev 10:7 But you must not leave the entrance of the Tabernacle or you will die, for you have been anointed with the LORD's anointing oil." So they did as Moses commanded.

Lev 10:8 Then the LORD said to Aaron,

Lev 10:9 "You and your descendants must never drink wine or any other alcoholic drink before going into the Tabernacle. If you do, you will die. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation.

Lev 10:10 You must distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean.

Lev 10:11 And you must teach the Israelites all the decrees that the LORD has given them through Moses."

Lev 10:12 Then Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, "Take what is left of the grain offering after a portion has been presented as a special gift to the LORD, and eat it beside the altar. Make sure it contains no yeast, for it is most holy.

Lev 10:13 You must eat it in a sacred place, for it has been given to you and your descendants as your portion of the special gifts presented to the LORD. These are the commands I have been given.

Lev 10:14 But the breast and thigh that were lifted up as a special offering may be eaten in any place that is ceremonially clean. These parts have been given to you and your descendants as your portion of the peace offerings presented by the people of Israel.

Lev 10:15 You must lift up the thigh and breast as a special offering to the LORD, along with the fat of the special gifts. These parts will belong to you and your descendants as your permanent right, just as the LORD has commanded."

Lev 10:16 Moses then asked them what had happened to the goat of the sin offering. When he discovered it had been burned up, he became very angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's remaining sons.

Lev 10:17 "Why didn't you eat the sin offering in the sacred area?" he demanded. "It is a holy offering! The LORD has given it to you to remove the guilt of the community and to purify the people, making them right with the LORD.

Lev 10:18 Since the animal's blood was not brought into the Holy Place, you should have eaten the meat in the sacred area as I ordered you."

Lev 10:19 Then Aaron answered Moses, "Today my sons presented both their sin offering and their burnt offering to the LORD. And yet this tragedy has happened to me. If I had eaten the people's sin offering on such a tragic day as this, would the LORD have been pleased?"

Lev 10:20 And when Moses heard this, he was satisfied.

Leviticus 11

Lev 11:1 Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Lev 11:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. "Of all the land animals, these are the ones you may use for food.

Lev 11:3 You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud.

Lev 11:4 You may not, however, eat the following animals that have split hooves or that chew the cud, but not both. The camel chews the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is ceremonially unclean for you.

Lev 11:5 The hyrax chews the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is unclean.

Lev 11:6 The hare chews the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is unclean.

Lev 11:7 The pig has evenly split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is unclean.

Lev 11:8 You may not eat the meat of these animals or even touch their carcasses. They are ceremonially unclean for you.

Lev 11:9 "Of all the marine animals, these are ones you may use for food. You may eat anything from the water if it has both fins and scales, whether taken from salt water or from streams.

Lev 11:10 But you must never eat animals from the sea or from rivers that do not have both fins and scales. They are detestable to you. This applies both to little creatures that live in shallow water and to all creatures that live in deep water.

Lev 11:11 They will always be detestable to you. You must never eat their meat or even touch their dead bodies.

Lev 11:12 Any marine animal that does not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.

Lev 11:13 "These are the birds that are detestable to you. You must never eat them: the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, the black vulture,

Lev 11:14 the kite, falcons of all kinds,

Lev 11:15 ravens of all kinds,

Lev 11:16 the eagle owl, the short-eared owl, the seagull, hawks of all kinds,

Lev 11:17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

Lev 11:18 the barn owl, the desert owl, the Egyptian vulture,

Lev 11:19 the stork, herons of all kinds, the hoopoe, and the bat.

Lev 11:20 "You must not eat winged insects that walk along the ground; they are detestable to you.

Lev 11:21 You may, however, eat winged insects that walk along the ground and have jointed legs so they can jump.

Lev 11:22 The insects you are permitted to eat include all kinds of locusts, bald locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers.

Lev 11:23 All other winged insects that walk along the ground are detestable to you.

Lev 11:24 "The following creatures will make you ceremonially unclean. If any of you touch their carcasses, you will be defiled until evening.

Lev 11:25 If you pick up their carcasses, you must wash your clothes, and you will remain defiled until evening.

Lev 11:26 "Any animal that has split hooves that are not evenly divided or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you. If you touch the carcass of such an animal, you will be defiled.

Lev 11:27 Of the animals that walk on all fours, those that have paws are unclean. If you touch the carcass of such an animal, you will be defiled until evening.

Lev 11:28 If you pick up its carcass, you must wash your clothes, and you will remain defiled until evening. These animals are unclean for you.

Lev 11:29 "Of the small animals that scurry along the ground, these are unclean for you: the mole rat, the rat, large lizards of all kinds,

Lev 11:30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the common lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon.

Lev 11:31 All these small animals are unclean for you. If any of you touch the dead body of such an animal, you will be defiled until evening.

Lev 11:32 If such an animal dies and falls on something, that object will be unclean. This is true whether the object is made of wood, cloth, leather, or burlap. Whatever its use, you must dip it in water, and it will remain defiled until evening. After that, it will be ceremonially clean and may be used again.

Lev 11:33 "If such an animal falls into a clay pot, everything in the pot will be defiled, and the pot must be smashed.

Lev 11:34 If the water from such a container spills on any food, the food will be defiled. And any beverage in such a container will be defiled.

Lev 11:35 Any object on which the carcass of such an animal falls will be defiled. If it is an oven or hearth, it must be destroyed, for it is defiled, and you must treat it accordingly.

Lev 11:36 "However, if the carcass of such an animal falls into a spring or a cistern, the water will still be clean. But anyone who touches the carcass will be defiled.

Lev 11:37 If the carcass falls on seed grain to be planted in the field, the seed will still be considered clean.

Lev 11:38 But if the seed is wet when the carcass falls on it, the seed will be defiled.

Lev 11:39 "If an animal you are permitted to eat dies and you touch its carcass, you will be defiled until evening.

Lev 11:40 If you eat any of its meat or carry away its carcass, you must wash your clothes, and you will remain defiled until evening.

Lev 11:41 "All small animals that scurry along the ground are detestable, and you must never eat them.

Lev 11:42 This includes all animals that slither along on their bellies, as well as those with four legs and those with many feet. All such animals that scurry along the ground are detestable, and you must never eat them.

Lev 11:43 Do not defile yourselves by touching them. You must not make yourselves ceremonially unclean because of them.

Lev 11:44 For I am the LORD your God. You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. So do not defile yourselves with any of these small animals that scurry along the ground.

Lev 11:45 For I, the LORD, am the One who brought you up from the land of Egypt, that I might be your God. Therefore, you must be holy because I am holy.

Lev 11:46 "These are the instructions regarding land animals, birds, marine creatures, and animals that scurry along the ground.

Lev 11:47 By these instructions you will know what is unclean and clean, and which animals may be eaten and which may not be eaten."

Leviticus 12

Make an atonement: When burnt offerings and sin offerings were brought together, the sin offerings were first offered.

Lev 12:1 The LORD said to Moses, "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel.

Lev 12:2 If a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her menstrual period.

Lev 12:3 On the eighth day the boy's foreskin must be circumcised.

Lev 12:4 After waiting thirty-three days, she will be purified from the bleeding of childbirth. During this time of purification, she must not touch anything that is set apart as holy. And she must not enter the sanctuary until her time of purification is over.

Lev 12:5 If a woman gives birth to a daughter, she will be ceremonially unclean for two weeks, just as she is unclean during her menstrual period. After waiting sixty-six days, she will be purified from the bleeding of childbirth.

Lev 12:6 "When the time of purification is completed for either a son or a daughter, the woman must bring a one-year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or turtledove for a purification offering. She must bring her offerings to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 12:7 The priest will then present them to the LORD to purify her. Then she will be ceremonially clean again after her bleeding at childbirth. These are the instructions for a woman after the birth of a son or a daughter.

Lev 12:8 "If a woman cannot afford to bring a lamb, she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons. One will be for the burnt offering and the other for the purification offering. The priest will sacrifice them to purify her, and she will be ceremonially clean."

Leviticus 13

Lev 13:1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Lev 13:2 "If anyone has a swelling or a rash or discolored skin that might develop into a serious skin disease, that person must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons.

Lev 13:3 The priest will examine the affected area of the skin. If the hair in the affected area has turned white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, it is a serious skin disease, and the priest who examines it must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean.

Lev 13:4 "But if the affected area of the skin is only a white discoloration and does not appear to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair on the spot has not turned white, the priest will quarantine the person for seven days.

Lev 13:5 On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has not changed and the problem has not spread on the skin, the priest will quarantine the person for seven more days.

Lev 13:6 On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has faded and has not spread, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. It was only a rash. The person's clothing must be washed, and the person will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:7 But if the rash continues to spread after the person has been examined by the priest and has been pronounced clean, the infected person must return to be examined again.

Lev 13:8 If the priest finds that the rash has spread, he must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, for it is indeed a skin disease.

Lev 13:9 "Anyone who develops a serious skin disease must go to the priest for an examination.

Lev 13:10 If the priest finds a white swelling on the skin, and some hair on the spot has turned white, and there is an open sore in the affected area,

Lev 13:11 it is a chronic skin disease, and the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. In such cases the person need not be quarantined, for it is obvious that the skin is defiled by the disease.

Lev 13:12 "Now suppose the disease has spread all over the person's skin, covering the body from head to foot.

Lev 13:13 When the priest examines the infected person and finds that the disease covers the entire body, he will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. Since the skin has turned completely white, the person is clean.

Lev 13:14 But if any open sores appear, the infected person will be pronounced ceremonially unclean.

Lev 13:15 The priest must make this pronouncement as soon as he sees an open sore, since open sores indicate the presence of a skin disease.

Lev 13:16 However, if the open sores heal and turn white like the rest of the skin, the person must return to the priest

Lev 13:17 for another examination. If the affected areas have indeed turned white, the priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean by declaring, 'You are clean!'

Lev 13:18 "If anyone has a boil on the skin that has started to heal,

Lev 13:19 but a white swelling or a reddish white spot develops in its place, that person must go to the priest to be examined.

Lev 13:20 If the priest examines it and finds it to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair in the affected area has turned white, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. The boil has become a serious skin disease.

Lev 13:21 But if the priest finds no white hair on the affected area and the problem appears to be no more than skin-deep and has faded, the priest must quarantine the person for seven days.

Lev 13:22 If during that time the affected area spreads on the skin, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, because it is a serious disease.

Lev 13:23 But if the area grows no larger and does not spread, it is merely the scar from the boil, and the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:24 "If anyone has suffered a burn on the skin and the burned area changes color, becoming either reddish white or shiny white,

Lev 13:25 the priest must examine it. If he finds that the hair in the affected area has turned white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, a skin disease has broken out in the burn. The priest must then pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a serious skin disease.

Lev 13:26 But if the priest finds no white hair on the affected area and the problem appears to be no more than skin-deep and has faded, the priest must quarantine the infected person for seven days.

Lev 13:27 On the seventh day the priest must examine the person again. If the affected area has spread on the skin, the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a serious skin disease.

Lev 13:28 But if the affected area has not changed or spread on the skin and has faded, it is simply a swelling from the burn. The priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean, for it is only the scar from the burn.

Lev 13:29 "If anyone, either a man or woman, has a sore on the head or chin,

Lev 13:30 the priest must examine it. If he finds it is more than skin-deep and has fine yellow hair on it, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. It is a scabby sore of the head or chin.

Lev 13:31 If the priest examines the scabby sore and finds that it is only skin-deep but there is no black hair on it, he must quarantine the person for seven days.

Lev 13:32 On the seventh day the priest must examine the sore again. If he finds that the scabby sore has not spread, and there is no yellow hair on it, and it appears to be only skin-deep,

Lev 13:33 the person must shave off all hair except the hair on the affected area. Then the priest must quarantine the person for another seven days.

Lev 13:34 On the seventh day he will examine the sore again. If it has not spread and appears to be no more than skin-deep, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. The person's clothing must be washed, and the person will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:35 But if the scabby sore begins to spread after the person is pronounced clean,

Lev 13:36 the priest must do another examination. If he finds that the sore has spread, the priest does not need to look for yellow hair. The infected person is ceremonially unclean.

Lev 13:37 But if the color of the scabby sore does not change and black hair has grown on it, it has healed. The priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:38 "If anyone, either a man or woman, has shiny white patches on the skin,

Lev 13:39 the priest must examine the affected area. If he finds that the shiny patches are only pale white, this is a harmless skin rash, and the person is ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:40 "If a man loses his hair and his head becomes bald, he is still ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:41 And if he loses hair on his forehead, he simply has a bald forehead; he is still clean.

Lev 13:42 However, if a reddish white sore appears on the bald area at the top or back of his head, this is a skin disease.

Lev 13:43 The priest must examine him, and if he finds swelling around the reddish white sore anywhere on the man's head and it looks like a skin disease,

Lev 13:44 the man is indeed infected with a skin disease and is unclean. The priest must pronounce him ceremonially unclean because of the sore on his head.

Lev 13:45 "Those who suffer from a serious skin disease must tear their clothing and leave their hair uncombed. They must cover their mouth and call out, 'Unclean! Unclean!'

Lev 13:46 As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp.

Lev 13:47 "Now suppose mildew contaminates some woolen or linen clothing,

Lev 13:48 woolen or linen fabric, the hide of an animal, or anything made of leather.

Lev 13:49 If the contaminated area in the clothing, the animal hide, the fabric, or the leather article has turned greenish or reddish, it is contaminated with mildew and must be shown to the priest.

Lev 13:50 After examining the affected spot, the priest will put the article in quarantine for seven days.

Lev 13:51 On the seventh day the priest must inspect it again. If the contaminated area has spread, the clothing or fabric or leather is clearly contaminated by a serious mildew and is ceremonially unclean.

Lev 13:52 The priest must burn the item—the clothing, the woolen or linen fabric, or piece of leather—for it has been contaminated by a serious mildew. It must be completely destroyed by fire.

Lev 13:53 "But if the priest examines it and finds that the contaminated area has not spread in the clothing, the fabric, or the leather,

Lev 13:54 the priest will order the object to be washed and then quarantined for seven more days.

Lev 13:55 Then the priest must examine the object again. If he finds that the contaminated area has not changed color after being washed, even if it did not spread, the object is defiled. It must be completely burned up, whether the contaminated spot is on the inside or outside.

Lev 13:56 But if the priest examines it and finds that the contaminated area has faded after being washed, he must cut the spot from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather.

Lev 13:57 If the spot later reappears on the clothing, the fabric, or the leather article, the mildew is clearly spreading, and the contaminated object must be burned up.

Lev 13:58 But if the spot disappears from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather article after it has been washed, it must be washed again; then it will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 13:59 "These are the instructions for dealing with mildew that contaminates woolen or linen clothing or fabric or anything made of leather. This is how the priest will determine whether these items are ceremonially clean or unclean."

Leviticus 14

Lev 14:1 And the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 14:2 "The following instructions are for those seeking ceremonial purification from a skin disease. Those who have been healed must be brought to the priest,

Lev 14:3 who will examine them at a place outside the camp. If the priest finds that someone has been healed of a serious skin disease,

Lev 14:4 he will perform a purification ceremony, using two live birds that are ceremonially clean, a stick of cedar, some scarlet yarn, and a hyssop branch.

Lev 14:5 The priest will order that one bird be slaughtered over a clay pot filled with fresh water.

Lev 14:6 He will take the live bird, the cedar stick, the scarlet yarn, and the hyssop branch, and dip them into the blood of the bird that was slaughtered over the fresh water.

Lev 14:7 The priest will then sprinkle the blood of the dead bird seven times on the person being purified of the skin disease. When the priest has purified the person, he will release the live bird in the open field to fly away.

Lev 14:8 "The persons being purified must then wash their clothes, shave off all their hair, and bathe themselves in water. Then they will be ceremonially clean and may return to the camp. However, they must remain outside their tents for seven days.

Lev 14:9 On the seventh day they must again shave all the hair from their heads, including the hair of the beard and eyebrows. They must also wash their clothes and bathe themselves in water. Then they will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 14:10 "On the eighth day each person being purified must bring two male lambs and a one-year-old female lamb, all with no defects, along with a grain offering of six quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil, and a cup of olive oil.

Lev 14:11 Then the officiating priest will present that person for purification, along with the offerings, before the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 14:12 The priest will take one of the male lambs and the olive oil and present them as a guilt offering, lifting them up as a special offering before the LORD.

Lev 14:13 He will then slaughter the male lamb in the sacred area where sin offerings and burnt offerings are slaughtered. As with the sin offering, the guilt offering belongs to the priest. It is a most holy offering.

Lev 14:14 The priest will then take some of the blood of the guilt offering and apply it to the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.

Lev 14:15 "Then the priest will pour some of the olive oil into the palm of his own left hand.

Lev 14:16 He will dip his right finger into the oil in his palm and sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the LORD.

Lev 14:17 The priest will then apply some of the oil in his palm over the blood from the guilt offering that is on the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.

Lev 14:18 The priest will apply the oil remaining in his hand to the head of the person being purified. Through this process, the priest will purify the person before the LORD.

Lev 14:19 "Then the priest must present the sin offering to purify the person who was cured of the skin disease. After that, the priest will slaughter the burnt offering

Lev 14:20 and offer it on the altar along with the grain offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the person who was healed, and the person will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 14:21 "But anyone who is too poor and cannot afford these offerings may bring one male lamb for a guilt offering, to be lifted up as a special offering for purification. The person must also bring two quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil for the grain offering and a cup of olive oil.

Lev 14:22 The offering must also include two turtledoves or two young pigeons, whichever the person can afford. One of the pair must be used for the sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.

Lev 14:23 On the eighth day of the purification ceremony, the person being purified must bring the offerings to the priest in the LORD's presence at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 14:24 The priest will take the lamb for the guilt offering, along with the olive oil, and lift them up as a special offering to the LORD.

Lev 14:25 Then the priest will slaughter the lamb for the guilt offering. He will take some of its blood and apply it to the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.

Lev 14:26 "The priest will also pour some of the olive oil into the palm of his own left hand.

Lev 14:27 He will dip his right finger into the oil in his palm and sprinkle some of it seven times before the LORD.

Lev 14:28 The priest will then apply some of the oil in his palm over the blood from the guilt offering that is on the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.

Lev 14:29 The priest will apply the oil remaining in his hand to the head of the person being purified. Through this process, the priest will purify the person before the LORD.

Lev 14:30 "Then the priest will offer the two turtledoves or the two young pigeons, whichever the person can afford.

Lev 14:31 One of them is for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, to be presented along with the grain offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the person before the LORD.

Lev 14:32 These are the instructions for purification for those who have recovered from a serious skin disease but who cannot afford to bring the offerings normally required for the ceremony of purification."

Lev 14:33 Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Lev 14:34 "When you arrive in Canaan, the land I am giving you as your own possession, I may contaminate some of the houses in your land with mildew.

Lev 14:35 The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, 'It appears that my house has some kind of mildew.'

Lev 14:36 Before the priest goes in to inspect the house, he must have the house emptied so nothing inside will be pronounced ceremonially unclean.

Lev 14:37 Then the priest will go in and examine the mildew on the walls. If he finds greenish or reddish streaks and the contamination appears to go deeper than the wall's surface,

Lev 14:38 the priest will step outside the door and put the house in quarantine for seven days.

Lev 14:39 On the seventh day the priest must return for another inspection. If he finds that the mildew on the walls of the house has spread,

Lev 14:40 the priest must order that the stones from those areas be removed. The contaminated material will then be taken outside the town to an area designated as ceremonially unclean.

Lev 14:41 Next the inside walls of the entire house must be scraped thoroughly and the scrapings dumped in the unclean place outside the town.

Lev 14:42 Other stones will be brought in to replace the ones that were removed, and the walls will be replastered.

Lev 14:43 "But if the mildew reappears after all the stones have been replaced and the house has been scraped and replastered,

Lev 14:44 the priest must return and inspect the house again. If he finds that the mildew has spread, the walls are clearly contaminated with a serious mildew, and the house is defiled.

Lev 14:45 It must be torn down, and all its stones, timbers, and plaster must be carried out of town to the place designated as ceremonially unclean.

Lev 14:46 Those who enter the house during the period of quarantine will be ceremonially unclean until evening,

Lev 14:47 and all who sleep or eat in the house must wash their clothing.

Lev 14:48 "But if the priest returns for his inspection and finds that the mildew has not reappeared in the house after the fresh plastering, he will pronounce it clean because the mildew is clearly gone.

Lev 14:49 To purify the house the priest must take two birds, a stick of cedar, some scarlet yarn, and a hyssop branch.

Lev 14:50 He will slaughter one of the birds over a clay pot filled with fresh water.

Lev 14:51 He will take the cedar stick, the hyssop branch, the scarlet yarn, and the live bird, and dip them into the blood of the slaughtered bird and into the fresh water. Then he will sprinkle the house seven times.

Lev 14:52 When the priest has purified the house in exactly this way,

Lev 14:53 he will release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. Through this process, the priest will purify the house, and it will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 14:54 "These are the instructions for dealing with serious skin diseases, including scabby sores;

Lev 14:55 and mildew, whether on clothing or in a house;

Lev 14:56 and a swelling on the skin, a rash, or discolored skin.

Lev 14:57 This procedure will determine whether a person or object is ceremonially clean or unclean. "These are the instructions regarding skin diseases and mildew."

Leviticus 15

Lev 15:1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Lev 15:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. "Any man who has a bodily discharge is ceremonially unclean.

Lev 15:3 This defilement is caused by his discharge, whether the discharge continues or stops. In either case the man is unclean.

Lev 15:4 Any bed on which the man with the discharge lies and anything on which he sits will be ceremonially unclean.

Lev 15:5 So if you touch the man's bed, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:6 If you sit where the man with the discharge has sat, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:7 If you touch the man with the discharge, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:8 If the man spits on you, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:9 Any saddle blanket on which the man rides will be ceremonially unclean.

Lev 15:10 If you touch anything that was under the man, you will be unclean until evening. You must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:11 If the man touches you without first rinsing his hands, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:12 Any clay pot the man touches must be broken, and any wooden utensil he touches must be rinsed with water.

Lev 15:13 "When the man with the discharge is healed, he must count off seven days for the period of purification. Then he must wash his clothes and bathe himself in fresh water, and he will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 15:14 On the eighth day he must get two turtledoves or two young pigeons and come before the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle and give his offerings to the priest.

Lev 15:15 The priest will offer one bird for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the man before the LORD for his discharge.

Lev 15:16 "Whenever a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his entire body in water, and he will remain ceremonially unclean until the next evening.

Lev 15:17 Any clothing or leather with semen on it must be washed in water, and it will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:18 After a man and a woman have sexual intercourse, they must each bathe in water, and they will remain unclean until the next evening.

Lev 15:19 "Whenever a woman has her menstrual period, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days. Anyone who touches her during that time will be unclean until evening.

Lev 15:20 Anything on which the woman lies or sits during the time of her period will be unclean.

Lev 15:21 If any of you touch her bed, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:22 If you touch any object she has sat on, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:23 This includes her bed or any other object she has sat on; you will be unclean until evening if you touch it.

Lev 15:24 If a man has sexual intercourse with her and her blood touches him, her menstrual impurity will be transmitted to him. He will remain unclean for seven days, and any bed on which he lies will be unclean.

Lev 15:25 "If a woman has a flow of blood for many days that is unrelated to her menstrual period, or if the blood continues beyond the normal period, she is ceremonially unclean. As during her menstrual period, the woman will be unclean as long as the discharge continues.

Lev 15:26 Any bed she lies on and any object she sits on during that time will be unclean, just as during her normal menstrual period.

Lev 15:27 If any of you touch these things, you will be ceremonially unclean. You must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Lev 15:28 "When the woman's bleeding stops, she must count off seven days. Then she will be ceremonially clean.

Lev 15:29 On the eighth day she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 15:30 The priest will offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. Through this process, the priest will purify her before the LORD for the ceremonial impurity caused by her bleeding.

Lev 15:31 "This is how you will guard the people of Israel from ceremonial uncleanness. Otherwise they would die, for their impurity would defile My Tabernacle that stands among them.

Lev 15:32 These are the instructions for dealing with anyone who has a bodily discharge—a man who is unclean because of an emission of semen

Lev 15:33 or a woman during her menstrual period. It applies to any man or woman who has a bodily discharge, and to a man who has sexual intercourse with a woman who is ceremonially unclean."

Leviticus 16

Lev 16:1 The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron's two sons, who died after they entered the LORD's presence and burned the wrong kind of fire before Him.

Lev 16:2 The LORD said to Moses, "Warn your brother, Aaron, not to enter the Most Holy Place behind the inner curtain whenever he chooses; if he does, he will die. For the Ark's cover—the place of atonement—is there, and I Myself am present in the cloud above the atonement cover.

Lev 16:3 "When Aaron enters the sanctuary area, he must follow these instructions fully. He must bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

Lev 16:4 He must put on his linen tunic and the linen undergarments worn next to his body. He must tie the linen sash around his waist and put the linen turban on his head. These are sacred garments, so he must bathe himself in water before he puts them on.

Lev 16:5 Aaron must take from the community of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

Lev 16:6 "Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the LORD.

Lev 16:7 Then he must take the two male goats and present them to the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 16:8 He is to cast sacred lots to determine which goat will be reserved as an offering to the LORD and which will carry the sins of the people to the wilderness of Azazel.

Lev 16:9 Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the LORD.

Lev 16:10 The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the LORD. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the LORD.

Lev 16:11 "Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the LORD. After he has slaughtered the bull as a sin offering,

Lev 16:12 he will fill an incense burner with burning coals from the altar that stands before the LORD. Then he will take two handfuls of fragrant powdered incense and will carry the burner and the incense behind the inner curtain.

Lev 16:13 There in the LORD's presence he will put the incense on the burning coals so that a cloud of incense will rise over the Ark's cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. If he follows these instructions, he will not die.

Lev 16:14 Then he must take some of the blood of the bull, dip his finger in it, and sprinkle it on the east side of the atonement cover. He must sprinkle blood seven times with his finger in front of the atonement cover.

Lev 16:15 "Then Aaron must slaughter the first goat as a sin offering for the people and carry its blood behind the inner curtain. There he will sprinkle the goat's blood over the atonement cover and in front of it, just as he did with the bull's blood.

Lev 16:16 Through this process, he will purify the Most Holy Place, and he will do the same for the entire Tabernacle, because of the defiling sin and rebellion of the Israelites.

Lev 16:17 No one else is allowed inside the Tabernacle when Aaron enters it for the purification ceremony in the Most Holy Place. No one may enter until he comes out again after purifying himself, his family, and all the congregation of Israel, making them right with the LORD.

Lev 16:18 "Then Aaron will come out to purify the altar that stands before the LORD. He will do this by taking some of the blood from the bull and the goat and putting it on each of the horns of the altar.

Lev 16:19 Then he must sprinkle the blood with his finger seven times over the altar. In this way, he will cleanse it from Israel's defilement and make it holy.

Lev 16:20 "When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat.

Lev 16:21 He will lay both of his hands on the goat's head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people's sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness.

Lev 16:22 As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people's sins upon itself into a desolate land.

Lev 16:23 "When Aaron goes back into the Tabernacle, he must take off the linen garments he was wearing when he entered the Most Holy Place, and he must leave the garments there.

Lev 16:24 Then he must bathe himself with water in a sacred place, put on his regular garments, and go out to sacrifice a burnt offering for himself and a burnt offering for the people. Through this process, he will purify himself and the people, making them right with the LORD.

Lev 16:25 He must then burn all the fat of the sin offering on the altar.

Lev 16:26 "The man chosen to drive the scapegoat into the wilderness of Azazel must wash his clothes and bathe himself in water. Then he may return to the camp.

Lev 16:27 "The bull and the goat presented as sin offerings, whose blood Aaron takes into the Most Holy Place for the purification ceremony, will be carried outside the camp. The animals' hides, internal organs, and dung are all to be burned.

Lev 16:28 The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself in water before returning to the camp.

Lev 16:29 "On the tenth day of the appointed month in early autumn, you must deny yourselves. Neither native-born Israelites nor foreigners living among you may do any kind of work. This is a permanent law for you.

Lev 16:30 On that day offerings of purification will be made for you, and you will be purified in the LORD's presence from all your sins.

Lev 16:31 It will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. This is a permanent law for you.

Lev 16:32 In future generations, the purification ceremony will be performed by the priest who has been anointed and ordained to serve as high priest in place of his ancestor Aaron. He will put on the holy linen garments

Lev 16:33 and purify the Most Holy Place, the Tabernacle, the altar, the priests, and the entire congregation.

Lev 16:34 This is a permanent law for you, to purify the people of Israel from their sins, making them right with the LORD once each year." Moses followed all these instructions exactly as the LORD had commanded him.

Leviticus 17

Lev 17:1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 17:2 "Give the following instructions to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel. This is what the LORD has commanded.

Lev 17:3 "If any native Israelite sacrifices a bull or a lamb or a goat anywhere inside or outside the camp

Lev 17:4 instead of bringing it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to present it as an offering to the LORD, that person will be as guilty as a murderer. Such a person has shed blood and will be cut off from the community.

Lev 17:5 The purpose of this rule is to stop the Israelites from sacrificing animals in the open fields. It will ensure that they bring their sacrifices to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle, so he can present them to the LORD as peace offerings.

Lev 17:6 Then the priest will be able to splatter the blood against the LORD's altar at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and he will burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 17:7 The people must no longer be unfaithful to the LORD by offering sacrifices to the goat idols. This is a permanent law for them, to be observed from generation to generation.

Lev 17:8 "Give them this command as well. If any native Israelite or foreigner living among you offers a burnt offering or a sacrifice

Lev 17:9 but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to offer it to the LORD, that person will be cut off from the community.

Lev 17:10 "And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people,

Lev 17:11 for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.

Lev 17:12 That is why I have said to the people of Israel, 'You must never eat or drink blood—neither you nor the foreigners living among you.'

Lev 17:13 "And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you goes hunting and kills an animal or bird that is approved for eating, he must drain its blood and cover it with earth.

Lev 17:14 The life of every creature is in its blood. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, 'You must never eat or drink blood, for the life of any creature is in its blood.' So whoever consumes blood will be cut off from the community.

Lev 17:15 "And if any native-born Israelites or foreigners eat the meat of an animal that died naturally or was torn up by wild animals, they must wash their clothes and bathe themselves in water. They will remain ceremonially unclean until evening, but then they will be clean.

Lev 17:16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be punished for their sin."

Leviticus 18

Lev 18:1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 18:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 18:3 So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life.

Lev 18:4 You must obey all My regulations and be careful to obey My decrees, for I am the LORD your God.

Lev 18:5 If you obey My decrees and My regulations, you will find life through them. I am the LORD.

Lev 18:6 "You must never have sexual relations with a close relative, for I am the LORD.

Lev 18:7 "Do not violate your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; you must not have sexual relations with her.

Lev 18:8 "Do not have sexual relations with any of your father's wives, for this would violate your father.

Lev 18:9 "Do not have sexual relations with your sister or half sister, whether she is your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born into your household or someone else's.

Lev 18:10 "Do not have sexual relations with your granddaughter, whether she is your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, for this would violate yourself.

Lev 18:11 "Do not have sexual relations with your stepsister, the daughter of any of your father's wives, for she is your sister.

Lev 18:12 "Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister, for she is your father's close relative.

Lev 18:13 "Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, for she is your mother's close relative.

Lev 18:14 "Do not violate your uncle, your father's brother, by having sexual relations with his wife, for she is your aunt.

Lev 18:15 "Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife, so you must not have sexual relations with her.

Lev 18:16 "Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife, for this would violate your brother.

Lev 18:17 "Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. And do not take her granddaughter, whether her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, and have sexual relations with her. They are close relatives, and this would be a wicked act.

Lev 18:18 "While your wife is living, do not marry her sister and have sexual relations with her, for they would be rivals.

Lev 18:19 "Do not have sexual relations with a woman during her period of menstrual impurity.

Lev 18:20 "Do not defile yourself by having sexual intercourse with your neighbor's wife.

Lev 18:21 "Do not permit any of your children to be offered as a sacrifice to Molech, for you must not bring shame on the name of your God. I am the LORD.

Lev 18:22 "Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

Lev 18:23 "A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act.

Lev 18:24 "Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for the people I am driving out before you have defiled themselves in all these ways.

Lev 18:25 Because the entire land has become defiled, I am punishing the people who live there. I will cause the land to vomit them out.

Lev 18:26 You must obey all My decrees and regulations. You must not commit any of these detestable sins. This applies both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you.

Lev 18:27 "All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled.

Lev 18:28 So do not defile the land and give it a reason to vomit you out, as it will vomit out the people who live there now.

Lev 18:29 Whoever commits any of these detestable sins will be cut off from the community of Israel.

Lev 18:30 So obey My instructions, and do not defile yourselves by committing any of these detestable practices that were committed by the people who lived in the land before you. I am the LORD your God."

Leviticus 19

Lev 19:1 The LORD also said to Moses,

Lev 19:2 "Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

Lev 19:3 "Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father, and you must always observe My Sabbath days of rest. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:4 "Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:5 "When you sacrifice a peace offering to the LORD, offer it properly so you will be accepted by God.

Lev 19:6 The sacrifice must be eaten on the same day you offer it or on the next day. Whatever is left over until the third day must be completely burned up.

Lev 19:7 If any of the sacrifice is eaten on the third day, it will be contaminated, and I will not accept it.

Lev 19:8 Anyone who eats it on the third day will be punished for defiling what is holy to the LORD and will be cut off from the community.

Lev 19:9 "When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop.

Lev 19:10 It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:11 "Do not steal. "Do not deceive or cheat one another.

Lev 19:12 "Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear falsely. I am the LORD.

Lev 19:13 "Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. "Do not make your hired workers wait until the next day to receive their pay.

Lev 19:14 "Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble. You must fear your God; I am the LORD.

Lev 19:15 "Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.

Lev 19:16 "Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. "Do not stand idly by when your neighbor's life is threatened. I am the LORD.

Lev 19:17 "Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.

Lev 19:18 "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Lev 19:19 "You must obey all My decrees. "Do not mate two different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two different kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of thread.

Lev 19:20 "If a man has sex with a slave girl whose freedom has never been purchased but who is committed to become another man's wife, he must pay full compensation to her master. But since she is not a free woman, neither the man nor the woman will be put to death.

Lev 19:21 The man, however, must bring a ram as a guilt offering and present it to the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

Lev 19:22 The priest will then purify him before the LORD with the ram of the guilt offering, and the man's sin will be forgiven.

Lev 19:23 "When you enter the land and plant fruit trees, leave the fruit unharvested for the first three years and consider it forbidden. Do not eat it.

Lev 19:24 In the fourth year the entire crop must be consecrated to the LORD as a celebration of praise.

Lev 19:25 Finally, in the fifth year you may eat the fruit. If you follow this pattern, your harvest will increase. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:26 "Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood. "Do not practice fortune-telling or witchcraft.

Lev 19:27 "Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards.

Lev 19:28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.

Lev 19:29 "Do not defile your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will be filled with prostitution and wickedness.

Lev 19:30 "Keep My Sabbath days of rest, and show reverence toward My sanctuary. I am the LORD.

Lev 19:31 "Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:32 "Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD.

Lev 19:33 "Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land.

Lev 19:34 Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:35 "Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight, or volume.

Lev 19:36 Your scales and weights must be accurate. Your containers for measuring dry materials or liquids must be accurate. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Lev 19:37 "You must be careful to keep all of My decrees and regulations by putting them into practice. I am the LORD."

Leviticus 20

Lev 20:1 The LORD said to Moses,

Lev 20:2 "Give the people of Israel these instructions, which apply both to native Israelites and to the foreigners living in Israel. "If any of them offer their children as a sacrifice to Molech, they must be put to death. The people of the community must stone them to death.

Lev 20:3 I Myself will turn against them and cut them off from the community, because they have defiled My sanctuary and brought shame on My holy name by offering their children to Molech.

Lev 20:4 And if the people of the community ignore those who offer their children to Molech and refuse to execute them,

Lev 20:5 I Myself will turn against them and their families and will cut them off from the community. This will happen to all who commit spiritual prostitution by worshiping Molech.

Lev 20:6 "I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will cut them off from the community.

Lev 20:7 So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

Lev 20:8 Keep all My decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the LORD who makes you holy.

Lev 20:9 "Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense.

Lev 20:10 "If a man commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death.

Lev 20:11 "If a man violates his father by having sex with one of his father's wives, both the man and the woman must be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.

Lev 20:12 "If a man has sex with his daughter-in-law, both must be put to death. They have committed a perverse act and are guilty of a capital offense.

Lev 20:13 "If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.

Lev 20:14 "If a man marries both a woman and her mother, he has committed a wicked act. The man and both women must be burned to death to wipe out such wickedness from among you.

Lev 20:15 "If a man has sex with an animal, he must be put to death, and the animal must be killed.

Lev 20:16 "If a woman presents herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it, she and the animal must both be put to death. You must kill both, for they are guilty of a capital offense.

Lev 20:17 "If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a shameful disgrace. They must be publicly cut off from the community. Since the man has violated his sister, he will be punished for his sin.

Lev 20:18 "If a man has sexual relations with a woman during her menstrual period, both of them must be cut off from the community, for together they have exposed the source of her blood flow.

Lev 20:19 "Do not have sexual relations with your aunt, whether your mother's sister or your father's sister. This would dishonor a close relative. Both parties are guilty and will be punished for their sin.

Lev 20:20 If a man has sex with his uncle's wife, he has violated his uncle. Both the man and woman will be punished for their sin, and they will die childless.

Lev 20:21 "If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity. He has violated his brother, and the guilty couple will remain childless.

Lev 20:22 "You must keep all My decrees and regulations by putting them into practice; otherwise the land to which I am bringing you as your new home will vomit you out.

Lev 20:23 Do not live according to the customs of the people I am driving out before you. It is because they do these shameful things that I detest them.

Lev 20:24 But I have promised you, 'You will possess their land because I will give it to you as your possession—a land flowing with milk and honey.' I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from all other people.

Lev 20:25 "You must therefore make a distinction between ceremonially clean and unclean animals, and between clean and unclean birds. You must not defile yourselves by eating any unclean animal or bird or creature that scurries along the ground. I have identified them as being unclean for you.

Lev 20:26 You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be My very own.

Lev 20:27 "Men and women among you who act as mediums or who consult the spirits of the dead must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense."

Leviticus 21

Lev 21:1 The LORD said to Moses, "Give the following instructions to the priests, the descendants of Aaron. "A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean by touching the dead body of a relative.

Lev 21:2 The only exceptions are his closest relatives—his mother or father, son or daughter, brother,

Lev 21:3 or his virgin sister who depends on him because she has no husband.

Lev 21:4 But a priest must not defile himself and make himself unclean for someone who is related to him only by marriage.

Lev 21:5 "The priests must not shave their heads or trim their beards or cut their bodies.

Lev 21:6 They must be set apart as holy to their God and must never bring shame on the name of God. They must be holy, for they are the ones who present the special gifts to the LORD, gifts of food for their God.

Lev 21:7 "Priests may not marry a woman defiled by prostitution, and they may not marry a woman who is divorced from her husband, for the priests are set apart as holy to their God.

Lev 21:8 You must treat them as holy because they offer up food to your God. You must consider them holy because I, the LORD, am holy, and I make you holy.

Lev 21:9 "If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she also defiles her father's holiness, and she must be burned to death.

Lev 21:10 "The high priest has the highest rank of all the priests. The anointing oil has been poured on his head, and he has been ordained to wear the priestly garments. He must never leave his hair uncombed or tear his clothing.

Lev 21:11 He must not defile himself by going near a dead body. He may not make himself ceremonially unclean even for his father or mother.

Lev 21:12 He must not defile the sanctuary of his God by leaving it to attend to a dead person, for he has been made holy by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD.

Lev 21:13 "The high priest may marry only a virgin.

Lev 21:14 He may not marry a widow, a woman who is divorced, or a woman who has defiled herself by prostitution. She must be a virgin from his own clan,

Lev 21:15 so that he will not dishonor his descendants among his clan, for I am the LORD who makes him holy."

Lev 21:16 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 21:17 "Give the following instructions to Aaron: In all future generations, none of your descendants who has any defect will qualify to offer food to his God.

Lev 21:18 No one who has a defect qualifies, whether he is blind, lame, disfigured, deformed,

Lev 21:19 or has a broken foot or arm,

Lev 21:20 or is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or has a defective eye, or skin sores or scabs, or damaged testicles.

Lev 21:21 No descendant of Aaron who has a defect may approach the altar to present special gifts to the LORD. Since he has a defect, he may not approach the altar to offer food to his God.

Lev 21:22 However, he may eat from the food offered to God, including the holy offerings and the most holy offerings.

Lev 21:23 Yet because of his physical defect, he may not enter the room behind the inner curtain or approach the altar, for this would defile My holy places. I am the LORD who makes them holy."

Lev 21:24 So Moses gave these instructions to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

Leviticus 22

Lev 22:1 The LORD said to Moses,

Lev 22:2 "Tell Aaron and his sons to be very careful with the sacred gifts that the Israelites set apart for Me, so they do not bring shame on My holy name. I am the LORD.

Lev 22:3 Give them the following instructions. "In all future generations, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean when he approaches the sacred offerings that the people of Israel consecrate to the LORD, he must be cut off from My presence. I am the LORD.

Lev 22:4 "If any of Aaron's descendants has a skin disease or any kind of discharge that makes him ceremonially unclean, he may not eat from the sacred offerings until he has been pronounced clean. He also becomes unclean by touching a corpse, or by having an emission of semen,

Lev 22:5 or by touching a small animal that is unclean, or by touching someone who is ceremonially unclean for any reason.

Lev 22:6 The man who is defiled in any of these ways will remain unclean until evening. He may not eat from the sacred offerings until he has bathed himself in water.

Lev 22:7 When the sun goes down, he will be ceremonially clean again and may eat from the sacred offerings, for this is his food.

Lev 22:8 He may not eat an animal that has died a natural death or has been torn apart by wild animals, for this would defile him. I am the LORD.

Lev 22:9 "The priests must follow My instructions carefully. Otherwise they will be punished for their sin and will die for violating My instructions. I am the LORD who makes them holy.

Lev 22:10 "No one outside a priest's family may eat the sacred offerings. Even guests and hired workers in a priest's home are not allowed to eat them.

Lev 22:11 However, if the priest buys a slave for himself, the slave may eat from the sacred offerings. And if his slaves have children, they also may share his food.

Lev 22:12 If a priest's daughter marries someone outside the priestly family, she may no longer eat the sacred offerings.

Lev 22:13 But if she becomes a widow or is divorced and has no children to support her, and she returns to live in her father's home as in her youth, she may eat her father's food again. Otherwise, no one outside a priest's family may eat the sacred offerings.

Lev 22:14 "Any such person who eats the sacred offerings without realizing it must pay the priest for the amount eaten, plus an additional 20 percent.

Lev 22:15 The priests must not let the Israelites defile the sacred offerings brought to the LORD

Lev 22:16 by allowing unauthorized people to eat them. This would bring guilt upon them and require them to pay compensation. I am the LORD who makes them holy."

Lev 22:17 And the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 22:18 "Give Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites these instructions, which apply both to native Israelites and to the foreigners living among you. "If you present a gift as a burnt offering to the LORD, whether it is to fulfill a vow or is a voluntary offering,

Lev 22:19 you will be accepted only if your offering is a male animal with no defects. It may be a bull, a ram, or a male goat.

Lev 22:20 Do not present an animal with defects, because the LORD will not accept it on your behalf.

Lev 22:21 "If you present a peace offering to the LORD from the herd or the flock, whether it is to fulfill a vow or is a voluntary offering, you must offer a perfect animal. It may have no defect of any kind.

Lev 22:22 You must not offer an animal that is blind, crippled, or injured, or that has a wart, a skin sore, or scabs. Such animals must never be offered on the altar as special gifts to the LORD.

Lev 22:23 If a bull or lamb has a leg that is too long or too short, it may be offered as a voluntary offering, but it may not be offered to fulfill a vow.

Lev 22:24 If an animal has damaged testicles or is castrated, you may not offer it to the LORD. You must never do this in your own land,

Lev 22:25 and you must not accept such an animal from foreigners and then offer it as a sacrifice to your God. Such animals will not be accepted on your behalf, for they are mutilated or defective."

Lev 22:26 And the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 22:27 "When a calf or lamb or goat is born, it must be left with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as a special gift to the LORD.

Lev 22:28 But you must not slaughter a mother animal and her offspring on the same day, whether from the herd or the flock.

Lev 22:29 When you bring a thanksgiving offering to the LORD, sacrifice it properly so you will be accepted.

Lev 22:30 Eat the entire sacrificial animal on the day it is presented. Do not leave any of it until the next morning. I am the LORD.

Lev 22:31 "You must faithfully keep all My commands by putting them into practice, for I am the LORD.

Lev 22:32 Do not bring shame on My holy name, for I will display My holiness among the people of Israel. I am the LORD who makes you holy.

Lev 22:33 It was I who rescued you from the land of Egypt, that I might be your God. I am the LORD."

Leviticus 23

Lev 23:1 The LORD said to Moses,

Lev 23:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. These are the LORD's appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as official days for holy assembly.

Lev 23:3 "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the LORD's Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live.

Lev 23:4 "In addition to the Sabbath, these are the LORD's appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year.

Lev 23:5 "The LORD's Passover begins at sundown on the fourteenth day of the first month.

Lev 23:6 On the next day, the fifteenth day of the month, you must begin celebrating the Festival of Unleavened Bread. This festival to the LORD continues for seven days, and during that time the bread you eat must be made without yeast.

Lev 23:7 On the first day of the festival, all the people must stop their ordinary work and observe an official day for holy assembly.

Lev 23:8 For seven days you must present special gifts to the LORD. On the seventh day the people must again stop all their ordinary work to observe an official day for holy assembly."

Lev 23:9 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 23:10 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest.

Lev 23:11 On the day after the Sabbath, the priest will lift it up before the LORD so it may be accepted on your behalf.

Lev 23:12 On that same day you must sacrifice a one-year-old male lamb with no defects as a burnt offering to the LORD.

Lev 23:13 With it you must present a grain offering consisting of four quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil. It will be a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. You must also offer one quart of wine as a liquid offering.

Lev 23:14 Do not eat any bread or roasted grain or fresh kernels on that day until you bring this offering to your God. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.

Lev 23:15 "From the day after the Sabbath—the day you bring the bundle of grain to be lifted up as a special offering—count off seven full weeks.

Lev 23:16 Keep counting until the day after the seventh Sabbath, fifty days later. Then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.

Lev 23:17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves of bread to be lifted up before the LORD as a special offering. Make these loaves from four quarts of choice flour, and bake them with yeast. They will be an offering to the LORD from the first of your crops.

Lev 23:18 Along with the bread, present seven one-year-old male lambs with no defects, one young bull, and two rams as burnt offerings to the LORD. These burnt offerings, together with the grain offerings and liquid offerings, will be a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Lev 23:19 Then you must offer one male goat as a sin offering and two one-year-old male lambs as a peace offering.

Lev 23:20 "The priest will lift up the two lambs as a special offering to the LORD, together with the loaves representing the first of your crops. These offerings, which are holy to the LORD, belong to the priests.

Lev 23:21 That same day will be proclaimed an official day for holy assembly, a day on which you do no ordinary work. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.

Lev 23:22 "When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the LORD your God."

Lev 23:23 The LORD said to Moses,

Lev 23:24 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. On the first day of the appointed month in early autumn, you are to observe a day of complete rest. It will be an official day for holy assembly, a day commemorated with loud blasts of a trumpet.

Lev 23:25 You must do no ordinary work on that day. Instead, you are to present special gifts to the LORD."

Lev 23:26 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 23:27 "Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the LORD.

Lev 23:28 Do no work during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings of purification are made for you, making you right with the LORD your God.

Lev 23:29 All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God's people.

Lev 23:30 And I will destroy anyone among you who does any work on that day.

Lev 23:31 You must not do any work at all! This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.

Lev 23:32 This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day."

Lev 23:33 And the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 23:34 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. Begin celebrating the Festival of Shelters on the fifteenth day of the appointed month—five days after the Day of Atonement. This festival to the LORD will last for seven days.

Lev 23:35 On the first day of the festival you must proclaim an official day for holy assembly, when you do no ordinary work.

Lev 23:36 For seven days you must present special gifts to the LORD. The eighth day is another holy day on which you present your special gifts to the LORD. This will be a solemn occasion, and no ordinary work may be done that day.

Lev 23:37 ("These are the LORD's appointed festivals. Celebrate them each year as official days for holy assembly by presenting special gifts to the LORD—burnt offerings, grain offerings, sacrifices, and liquid offerings—each on its proper day.

Lev 23:38 These festivals must be observed in addition to the LORD's regular Sabbath days, and the offerings are in addition to your personal gifts, the offerings you give to fulfill your vows, and the voluntary offerings you present to the LORD.)

Lev 23:39 "Remember that this seven-day festival to the LORD—the Festival of Shelters—begins on the fifteenth day of the appointed month, after you have harvested all the produce of the land. The first day and the eighth day of the festival will be days of complete rest.

Lev 23:40 On the first day gather branches from magnificent trees—palm fronds, boughs from leafy trees, and willows that grow by the streams. Then celebrate with joy before the LORD your God for seven days.

Lev 23:41 You must observe this festival to the LORD for seven days every year. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed in the appointed month from generation to generation.

Lev 23:42 For seven days you must live outside in little shelters. All native-born Israelites must live in shelters.

Lev 23:43 This will remind each new generation of Israelites that I made their ancestors live in shelters when I rescued them from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God."

Lev 23:44 So Moses gave the Israelites these instructions regarding the annual festivals of the LORD.

Leviticus 24

Lev 24:1 The LORD said to Moses,

Lev 24:2 "Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually.

Lev 24:3 This is the lampstand that stands in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant. Aaron must keep the lamps burning in the LORD's presence all night. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation.

Lev 24:4 Aaron and the priests must tend the lamps on the pure gold lampstand continually in the LORD's presence.

Lev 24:5 "You must bake twelve loaves of bread from choice flour, using four quarts of flour for each loaf.

Lev 24:6 Place the bread before the LORD on the pure gold table, and arrange the loaves in two rows, with six loaves in each row.

Lev 24:7 Put some pure frankincense near each row to serve as a representative offering, a special gift presented to the LORD.

Lev 24:8 Every Sabbath day this bread must be laid out before the LORD. The bread is to be received from the people of Israel as a requirement of the eternal covenant.

Lev 24:9 The loaves of bread will belong to Aaron and his descendants, who must eat them in a sacred place, for they are most holy. It is the permanent right of the priests to claim this portion of the special gifts presented to the LORD."

Lev 24:10 One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father came out of his tent and got into a fight with one of the Israelite men.

Lev 24:11 During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the Name of the LORD with a curse. So the man was brought to Moses for judgment. His mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.

Lev 24:12 They kept the man in custody until the LORD's will in the matter should become clear to them.

Lev 24:13 Then the LORD said to Moses,

Lev 24:14 "Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard the curse to lay their hands on his head. Then let the entire community stone him to death.

Lev 24:15 Say to the people of Israel: Those who curse their God will be punished for their sin.

Lev 24:16 Anyone who blasphemes the Name of the LORD must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel. Any native-born Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the Name of the LORD must be put to death.

Lev 24:17 "Anyone who takes another person's life must be put to death.

Lev 24:18 "Anyone who kills another person's animal must pay for it in full—a live animal for the animal that was killed.

Lev 24:19 "Anyone who injures another person must be dealt with according to the injury inflicted—

Lev 24:20 a fracture for a fracture, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Whatever anyone does to injure another person must be paid back in kind.

Lev 24:21 "Whoever kills an animal must pay for it in full, but whoever kills another person must be put to death.

Lev 24:22 "This same standard applies both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you. I am the LORD your God."

Lev 24:23 After Moses gave all these instructions to the Israelites, they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him to death. The Israelites did just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Leviticus 25

Lev 25:1 While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him,

Lev 25:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you have entered the land I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath rest before the LORD every seventh year.

Lev 25:3 For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops,

Lev 25:4 but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the LORD's Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year.

Lev 25:5 And don't store away the crops that grow on their own or gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. The land must have a year of complete rest.

Lev 25:6 But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own during its Sabbath. This applies to you, your male and female servants, your hired workers, and the temporary residents who live with you.

Lev 25:7 Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces.

Lev 25:8 "In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all.

Lev 25:9 Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram's horn loud and long throughout the land.

Lev 25:10 Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.

Lev 25:11 This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don't gather the grapes from your unpruned vines.

Lev 25:12 It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy. But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own.

Lev 25:13 In the Year of Jubilee each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors.

Lev 25:14 "When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other.

Lev 25:15 When you buy land from your neighbor, the price you pay must be based on the number of years since the last jubilee. The seller must set the price by taking into account the number of years remaining until the next Year of Jubilee.

Lev 25:16 The more years until the next jubilee, the higher the price; the fewer years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests.

Lev 25:17 Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 25:18 "If you want to live securely in the land, follow My decrees and obey My regulations.

Lev 25:19 Then the land will yield large crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it.

Lev 25:20 But you might ask, 'What will we eat during the seventh year, since we are not allowed to plant or harvest crops that year?'

Lev 25:21 Be assured that I will send My blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a crop large enough for three years.

Lev 25:22 When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the large crop of the sixth year. In fact, you will still be eating from that large crop when the new crop is harvested in the ninth year.

Lev 25:23 "The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to Me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for Me.

Lev 25:24 "With every purchase of land you must grant the seller the right to buy it back.

Lev 25:25 If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell some family land, then a close relative should buy it back for him.

Lev 25:26 If there is no close relative to buy the land, but the person who sold it gets enough money to buy it back,

Lev 25:27 he then has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be discounted according to the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. In this way the original owner can then return to the land.

Lev 25:28 But if the original owner cannot afford to buy back the land, it will remain with the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land must be returned to the original owners so they can return to their family land.

Lev 25:29 "Anyone who sells a house inside a walled town has the right to buy it back for a full year after its sale. During that year, the seller retains the right to buy it back.

Lev 25:30 But if it is not bought back within a year, the sale of the house within the walled town cannot be reversed. It will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

Lev 25:31 But a house in a village—a settlement without fortified walls—will be treated like property in the countryside. Such a house may be bought back at any time, and it must be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.

Lev 25:32 "The Levites always have the right to buy back a house they have sold within the towns allotted to them.

Lev 25:33 And any property that is sold by the Levites—all houses within the Levitical towns—must be returned in the Year of Jubilee. After all, the houses in the towns reserved for the Levites are the only property they own in all Israel.

Lev 25:34 The open pastureland around the Levitical towns may never be sold. It is their permanent possession.

Lev 25:35 "If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and cannot support himself, support him as you would a foreigner or a temporary resident and allow him to live with you.

Lev 25:36 Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense. Instead, show your fear of God by letting him live with you as your relative.

Lev 25:37 Remember, do not charge interest on money you lend him or make a profit on food you sell him.

Lev 25:38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

Lev 25:39 "If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave.

Lev 25:40 Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.

Lev 25:41 At that time he and his children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clans and go back to the land originally allotted to their ancestors.

Lev 25:42 The people of Israel are My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves.

Lev 25:43 Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.

Lev 25:44 "However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you.

Lev 25:45 You may also purchase the children of temporary residents who live among you, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property,

Lev 25:46 passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat them as slaves, but you must never treat your fellow Israelites this way.

Lev 25:47 "Suppose a foreigner or temporary resident becomes rich while living among you. If any of your fellow Israelites fall into poverty and are forced to sell themselves to such a foreigner or to a member of his family,

Lev 25:48 they still retain the right to be bought back, even after they have been purchased. They may be bought back by a brother,

Lev 25:49 an uncle, or a cousin. In fact, anyone from the extended family may buy them back. They may also redeem themselves if they have prospered.

Lev 25:50 They will negotiate the price of their freedom with the person who bought them. The price will be based on the number of years from the time they were sold until the next Year of Jubilee—whatever it would cost to hire a worker for that period of time.

Lev 25:51 If many years still remain until the jubilee, they will repay the proper proportion of what they received when they sold themselves.

Lev 25:52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they will repay a small amount for their redemption.

Lev 25:53 The foreigner must treat them as workers hired on a yearly basis. You must not allow a foreigner to treat any of your fellow Israelites harshly.

Lev 25:54 If any Israelites have not been bought back by the time the Year of Jubilee arrives, they and their children must be set free at that time.

Lev 25:55 For the people of Israel belong to Me. They are My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 26

Lev 26:1 "Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the LORD your God.

Lev 26:2 You must keep My Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for My sanctuary. I am the LORD.

Lev 26:3 "If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands,

Lev 26:4 I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit.

Lev 26:5 Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.

Lev 26:6 "I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. I will rid the land of wild animals and keep your enemies out of your land.

Lev 26:7 In fact, you will chase down your enemies and slaughter them with your swords.

Lev 26:8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand! All your enemies will fall beneath your sword.

Lev 26:9 "I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill My covenant with you.

Lev 26:10 You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest!

Lev 26:11 I will live among you, and I will not despise you.

Lev 26:12 I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be My people.

Lev 26:13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.

Lev 26:14 "However, if you do not listen to Me or obey all these commands,

Lev 26:15 and if you break My covenant by rejecting My decrees, treating My regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey My commands,

Lev 26:16 I will punish you. I will bring sudden terrors upon you—wasting diseases and burning fevers that will cause your eyes to fail and your life to ebb away. You will plant your crops in vain because your enemies will eat them.

Lev 26:17 I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will run even when no one is chasing you!

Lev 26:18 "And if, in spite of all this, you still disobey Me, I will punish you seven times over for your sins.

Lev 26:19 I will break your proud spirit by making the skies as unyielding as iron and the earth as hard as bronze.

Lev 26:20 All your work will be for nothing, for your land will yield no crops, and your trees will bear no fruit.

Lev 26:21 "If even then you remain hostile toward Me and refuse to obey Me, I will inflict disaster on you seven times over for your sins.

Lev 26:22 I will send wild animals that will rob you of your children and destroy your livestock. Your numbers will dwindle, and your roads will be deserted.

Lev 26:23 "And if you fail to learn the lesson and continue your hostility toward Me,

Lev 26:24 then I Myself will be hostile toward you. I will personally strike you with calamity seven times over for your sins.

Lev 26:25 I will send armies against you to carry out the curse of the covenant you have broken. When you run to your towns for safety, I will send a plague to destroy you there, and you will be handed over to your enemies.

Lev 26:26 I will destroy your food supply, so that ten women will need only one oven to bake bread for their families. They will ration your food by weight, and though you have food to eat, you will not be satisfied.

Lev 26:27 "If in spite of all this you still refuse to listen and still remain hostile toward Me,

Lev 26:28 then I will give full vent to My hostility. I Myself will punish you seven times over for your sins.

Lev 26:29 Then you will eat the flesh of your own sons and daughters.

Lev 26:30 I will destroy your pagan shrines and knock down your places of worship. I will leave your lifeless corpses piled on top of your lifeless idols, and I will despise you.

Lev 26:31 I will make your cities desolate and destroy your places of pagan worship. I will take no pleasure in your offerings that should be a pleasing aroma to Me.

Lev 26:32 Yes, I Myself will devastate your land, and your enemies who come to occupy it will be appalled at what they see.

Lev 26:33 I will scatter you among the nations and bring out My sword against you. Your land will become desolate, and your cities will lie in ruins.

Lev 26:34 Then at last the land will enjoy its neglected Sabbath years as it lies desolate while you are in exile in the land of your enemies. Then the land will finally rest and enjoy the Sabbaths it missed.

Lev 26:35 As long as the land lies in ruins, it will enjoy the rest you never allowed it to take every seventh year while you lived in it.

Lev 26:36 "And for those of you who survive, I will demoralize you in the land of your enemies. You will live in such fear that the sound of a leaf driven by the wind will send you fleeing. You will run as though fleeing from a sword, and you will fall even when no one pursues you.

Lev 26:37 Though no one is chasing you, you will stumble over each other as though fleeing from a sword. You will have no power to stand up against your enemies.

Lev 26:38 You will die among the foreign nations and be devoured in the land of your enemies.

Lev 26:39 Those of you who survive will waste away in your enemies' lands because of their sins and the sins of their ancestors.

Lev 26:40 "But at last My people will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors for betraying Me and being hostile toward Me.

Lev 26:41 When I have turned their hostility back on them and brought them to the land of their enemies, then at last their stubborn hearts will be humbled, and they will pay for their sins.

Lev 26:42 Then I will remember My covenant with Jacob and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Lev 26:43 For the land must be abandoned to enjoy its years of Sabbath rest as it lies deserted. At last the people will pay for their sins, for they have continually rejected My regulations and despised My decrees.

Lev 26:44 "But despite all this, I will not utterly reject or despise them while they are in exile in the land of their enemies. I will not cancel My covenant with them by wiping them out, for I am the LORD their God.

Lev 26:45 For their sakes I will remember My ancient covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of all the nations, that I might be their God. I am the LORD."

Lev 26:46 These are the decrees, regulations, and instructions that the LORD gave through Moses on Mount Sinai as evidence of the relationship between Himself and the Israelites.

Leviticus 27

Lev 27:1 The LORD said to Moses,

Lev 27:2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate someone to the LORD by paying the value of that person,

Lev 27:3 here is the scale of values to be used. A man between the ages of twenty and sixty is valued at fifty shekels of silver, as measured by the sanctuary shekel.

Lev 27:4 A woman of that age is valued at thirty shekels of silver.

Lev 27:5 A boy between the ages of five and twenty is valued at twenty shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at ten shekels of silver.

Lev 27:6 A boy between the ages of one month and five years is valued at five shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at three shekels of silver.

Lev 27:7 A man older than sixty is valued at fifteen shekels of silver; a woman of that age is valued at ten shekels of silver.

Lev 27:8 If you desire to make such a vow but cannot afford to pay the required amount, take the person to the priest. He will determine the amount for you to pay based on what you can afford.

Lev 27:9 "If your vow involves giving an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the LORD, any gift to the LORD will be considered holy.

Lev 27:10 You may not exchange or substitute it for another animal—neither a good animal for a bad one nor a bad animal for a good one. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy.

Lev 27:11 If your vow involves an unclean animal—one that is not acceptable as an offering to the LORD—then you must bring the animal to the priest.

Lev 27:12 He will assess its value, and his assessment will be final, whether high or low.

Lev 27:13 If you want to buy back the animal, you must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent.

Lev 27:14 "If someone dedicates a house to the LORD, the priest will come to assess its value. The priest's assessment will be final, whether high or low.

Lev 27:15 If the person who dedicated the house wants to buy it back, he must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. Then the house will again be his.

Lev 27:16 "If someone dedicates to the LORD a piece of his family property, its value will be assessed according to the amount of seed required to plant it—fifty shekels of silver for a field planted with five bushels of barley seed.

Lev 27:17 If the field is dedicated to the LORD in the Year of Jubilee, then the entire assessment will apply.

Lev 27:18 But if the field is dedicated after the Year of Jubilee, the priest will assess the land's value in proportion to the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee. Its assessed value is reduced each year.

Lev 27:19 If the person who dedicated the field wants to buy it back, he must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. Then the field will again be legally his.

Lev 27:20 But if he does not want to buy it back, and it is sold to someone else, the field can no longer be bought back.

Lev 27:21 When the field is released in the Year of Jubilee, it will be holy, a field specially set apart for the LORD. It will become the property of the priests.

Lev 27:22 "If someone dedicates to the LORD a field he has purchased but which is not part of his family property,

Lev 27:23 the priest will assess its value based on the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee. On that day he must give the assessed value of the land as a sacred donation to the LORD.

Lev 27:24 In the Year of Jubilee the field must be returned to the person from whom he purchased it, the one who inherited it as family property.

Lev 27:25 (All the payments must be measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel, which equals twenty gerahs.)

Lev 27:26 "You may not dedicate a firstborn animal to the LORD, for the firstborn of your cattle, sheep, and goats already belong to Him.

Lev 27:27 However, you may buy back the firstborn of a ceremonially unclean animal by paying the priest's assessment of its worth, plus 20 percent. If you do not buy it back, the priest will sell it at its assessed value.

Lev 27:28 "However, anything specially set apart for the LORD—whether a person, an animal, or family property—must never be sold or bought back. Anything devoted in this way has been set apart as holy, and it belongs to the LORD.

Lev 27:29 No person specially set apart for destruction may be bought back. Such a person must be put to death.

Lev 27:30 "One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to Him as holy.

Lev 27:31 If you want to buy back the LORD's tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent.

Lev 27:32 Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the LORD as holy.

Lev 27:33 You may not pick and choose between good and bad animals, and you may not substitute one for another. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy and cannot be bought back."

Lev 27:34 These are the commands that the LORD gave through Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.

back

Keep The Faith,
Bart