Leviticus 1

1The Lord God called to Moses and spoke to him from the Meeting Tent. The Lord said, 2“Tell the people of Israel: When you bring an offering to the Lord, the offering must be one of your tame animals—it can be a cow, a sheep, or a goat. 3“When a person offers one of his cows as a burnt offering, then that animal must be a bull that has nothing wrong with it. The person must take the animal to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. Then the Lord will accept the offering. 4The person must put his hand on the animal’s head ˻while it is being killed˼. The Lord will accept that burnt offering as payment to make that person pure. 5“The person must kill the young bull in front of the Lord. Then Aaron’s sons, the priests, must bring the blood to the altar near the entrance of the Meeting Tent and sprinkle the blood on the altar, all around it. 6The priest must cut the skin from that animal and then cut the animal into pieces. 7Aaron’s sons, the priests, must put fire on the altar and then stack wood on the fire. 8Aaron’s sons, the priests, must lay the pieces (the head and the fat) on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. 9The priest must wash the legs and inside parts of the animal with water. Then the priest must burn all the animal’s parts on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire. Its smell pleases the Lord. 10“When a person offers a sheep or a goat as a burnt offering, then that animal must be a male animal that has nothing wrong with it. 11The person must kill the animal on the north side of the altar in front of the Lord. Then Aaron’s sons, the priests, must sprinkle the animal’s blood on the altar, all around it. 12Then the priest must cut the animal into pieces. The priest must lay the pieces (the head and the fat) on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. 13The priest must wash the legs and inside parts of the animal with water. Then the priest must offer all the animal’s parts. He must burn the animal on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire. Its smell pleases the Lord. 14“When a person offers a bird as a burnt offering to the Lord, then that bird must be a dove or a young pigeon. 15The priest must bring the offering to the altar. The priest must pull off the bird’s head and burn the bird on the altar. The bird’s blood must be drained out on the side of the altar. 16The priest must remove the bird’s crop and feathers and throw them on the east side of the altar. This is the place where they put the ashes from the altar. 17Then the priest must tear the bird by its wings, but he must not divide the bird ˻into two parts˼. The priest must burn the bird on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire. Its smell pleases the Lord.

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