Numbers 15

Numbers 15

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1 The LORD told Moses to give these instructions to the people of Israel:

2 "When you finally settle in the land I am going to give you,

3 and you want to please the LORD with a burnt offering or any other offering given by fire, the sacrifice must be an animal from your flocks of sheep and goats or from your herds of cattle. When it is an ordinary burnt offering, a sacrifice to fulfill a vow, a freewill offering, or a special sacrifice at any of the annual festivals,

4 whoever brings it must also give to the LORD a grain offering of two quarts* of choice flour mixed with one quart* of olive oil.1

5 For each lamb offered as a whole burnt offering, you must also present one quart of wine for a drink offering.

6 "If the sacrifice is a ram, give three quarts* of choice flour mixed with two and a half pints* of olive oil,2

7 and give two and a half pints of wine for a drink offering. This sacrifice will be very pleasing to the LORD.

8 "When you present a young bull as a burnt offering or a sacrifice in fulfillment of a special vow or as a peace offering to the LORD,

9 then the grain offering accompanying it must include five quarts* of choice flour mixed with two quarts* of olive oil,3

10 plus two quarts of wine for the drink offering. This will be an offering made by fire, very pleasing to the LORD.

11 "These are the instructions for what is to accompany each sacrificial bull, ram, lamb, or young goat.

12 Each of you must do this with each offering you present.

13 If you native Israelites want to present an offering by fire that is pleasing to the LORD, you must follow all these instructions.

14 And if any foreigners living among you want to present an offering by fire, pleasing to the LORD, they must follow the same procedures.

15 Native Israelites and foreigners are the same before the LORD and are subject to the same laws. This is a permanent law for you.

16 The same instructions and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigners living among you."

17 The LORD also said to Moses at this time,

18 "Give the people of Israel the following instructions: When you arrive in the land where I am taking you,

19 you will eat from the crops that grow there. But you must set some aside as a gift to the LORD.

20 Present a cake from the first of the flour you grind and set it aside as a gift, as you do with the first grain from the threshing floor.

21 Throughout the generations to come, you are to present this offering to the LORD each year from the first of your ground flour.

22 "But suppose some of you unintentionally fail to carry out all these commands that the LORD has given you through Moses.

23 And suppose some of your descendants in the future fail to do everything the LORD has commanded through Moses.

24 If the mistake was done unintentionally, and the community was unaware of it, the whole community must present a young bull for a burnt offering. It will be pleasing to the LORD, and it must be offered along with the prescribed grain offering and drink offering and with one male goat for a sin offering.

25 With it the priest will make atonement for the whole community of Israel, and they will be forgiven. For it was an unintentional sin, and they have corrected it with their offering given to the LORD by fire and by their sin offering.

26 The whole community of Israel will be forgiven, including the foreigners living among you, for the entire population was involved in the sin.

27 "If the unintentional sin is committed by an individual, the guilty person must bring a one-year-old female goat for a sin offering.

28 The priest will make atonement for the guilty person before the LORD, and that person will be forgiven.

29 This same law applies both to native Israelites and the foreigners living among you.

30 "But those who brazenly violate the LORD's will, whether native Israelites or foreigners, blaspheme the LORD, and they must be cut off from the community.

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1: Hebrew 1/10 of an ephah [2 liters].

2: Hebrew 2/10 of an ephah [3.6 liters].

3: Hebrew 3/10 of an ephah [5.4 liters].

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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