Leviticus 22

Sundry Rules for Priests

1Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2Tell Aaron and his sons to be careful with the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they dedicate to Me, so as not to profane My holy name; I am the  Lord. 3Say to them, ‘ a  If any man among all your
Lit seed
descendants throughout your generations approaches the holy gifts which the sons of Israel dedicate to the  Lord, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from before Me; I am the  Lord.
4c  No man of the
Lit seed
descendants of Aaron, who is a leper or who has a discharge, may eat of the holy gifts until he is clean. e  And if one touches anything made unclean by a corpse or if f  a man has a seminal emission,
5or g  if a man touches any teeming things by which he is made unclean, or any man by whom he is made unclean, whatever his uncleanness; 6a
Lit soul
person who touches any such shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat of the holy gifts unless he has bathed his
Lit flesh
body in water.
7But when the sun sets, he will be clean, and afterward he shall eat of the holy gifts, for j  it is his
Lit bread
food.
8He shall not eat l  an animal which dies or is torn by beasts, becoming unclean by it; I am the  Lord. 9They shall therefore keep m  My charge, so that n  they will not bear sin because of it and die thereby because they profane it; I am the  Lord who sanctifies them.

10o  No
Lit stranger
layman, however, is to eat the holy gift; a sojourner with the priest or a hired man shall not eat of the holy gift.
11q  But if a priest buys a
Lit soul
slave as his property with his money,
Lit he may
that one may eat of it, and those who are born in his house may eat of his
Lit bread
food.
12If a priest’s daughter is married to a
Lit stranger
layman, she shall not eat of the
Lit heave offering
offering of the gifts.
13But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or divorced, and has no child and returns to her father’s house as in her youth, she shall eat of her father’s
Lit bread
food; x  but no
Lit stranger
layman shall eat of it.
14z  But if a man eats a holy gift unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it and shall give the holy gift to the priest. 15aa  They shall not profane the holy gifts of the sons of Israel which they offer to the  Lord, 16and so cause them ab  to bear
Or iniquity requiring a guilt offering
punishment for guilt by eating their holy gifts; for I am the  Lord who sanctifies them.’”

Flawless Animals for Sacrifice

17Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘ ad  Any man of the house of Israel or of the aliens in Israel who presents his offering, whether it is any of their
Lit vows
votive or any of their freewill offerings, which they present to the  Lord for a burnt offering
19 af  for you to be acceptedit must be a male without defect from the cattle, the sheep, or the goats. 20ag  Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you. 21When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the  Lord ah  to
Or make a special votive offering
fulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it.
22‘Those that are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the  Lord, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the  Lord. 23In respect to an ox or a lamb which has an
Or a deformed
overgrown or stunted member, you may present it for a freewill offering, but for a vow it will not be accepted.
24‘Also ak  anything with its testicles bruised or crushed or torn or cut, you shall not offer to the  Lord, or
Lit do
sacrifice in your land,
25nor shall you accept any such from the hand of a foreigner for offering am  as the
Lit bread
food of your God; for their corruption is in them, they have a defect, they shall not be accepted for you.’”

26Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 27When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall
Lit be
remain ap  seven days
Lit under
with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be accepted as a sacrifice of an offering by fire to the  Lord.
28 ar  “But, whether it is an ox or a sheep, you shall not kill both it and its young in one day. 29When you sacrifice as  a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the  Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. 30It shall be eaten on the same day, you shall leave none of it until morning; I am the  Lord. 31 at  So you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am the  Lord.

32You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the  Lord who sanctifies you, 33 au  who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the  Lord.”
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