Leviticus 16

1Two of Aaron’s sons died while offering incense to the Lord. After that time, the Lord spoke to Moses. 2The Lord said, “Talk to your brother Aaron. Tell him that he cannot go behind the curtain into the Most Holy Place anytime he wants to. The Holy Box is in the room behind that curtain. The special cover is on top of that Holy Box. And I appear in a cloud over that special cover. If Aaron goes into that room, he might die! 3“Before Aaron enters the ˻Most˼ Holy Place ˻on the Day of Atonement˼, he must offer a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4Aaron must wash his ˻whole˼ body with water. Then he must put these clothes on: Aaron must put on the holy linen shirt. The linen underclothes will be next to his body. He must tie the linen sash ˻(belt)˼ around him. And he must put on the linen turban. These are holy clothes. 5“Aaron must take from the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. 6Then Aaron must offer the bull for the sin offering. This sin offering is for himself. Aaron must do this to make him and his family pure. 7“Then Aaron must take the two goats and bring them before the Lord at the doorway of the Meeting Tent. 8Aaron will throw lots for the two goats. One lot will be for the Lord. The other lot will be for Azazel. 9“Then Aaron will offer the goat chosen by the lot for the Lord. Aaron must make this goat a sin offering. 10But the goat chosen by the lot for Azazel must be brought alive before the Lord. And then this goat will be sent out to Azazel in the desert. This is to make the people pure. 11“Then Aaron will offer the bull as a sin offering for himself. Aaron will make himself and his family pure. Aaron will kill the bull for the sin offering for himself. 12Then he must take a firepan full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord. Aaron will take two handfuls of sweet incense that has been ground into powder. Aaron must bring that incense into the room behind the curtain. 13Aaron must put the incense on the fire before the Lord. Then the cloud of incense will cover the special cover that is over the Agreement. This way Aaron will not die. 14Also, Aaron must take some of the blood from the bull and sprinkle it with his finger toward the east, onto the special cover. He will sprinkle the blood seven times with his finger in front of the special cover. 15“Then Aaron must kill the goat of the sin offering for the people. Aaron must bring this goat’s blood into the room behind the curtain. Aaron must do with the goat’s blood as he did with the bull’s blood. Aaron must sprinkle the goat’s blood on the special cover and in front of the cover. 16In this way, Aaron will do the things to make the Most Holy Place pure. Aaron must do these things because the people of Israel are unclean. They do wrong and have many sins. Aaron must also do these things for the Meeting Tent because it stays in the middle of unclean people! 17At the time that Aaron goes into the Most Holy Place to make ˻it and the people˼ pure, no person must be in the Meeting Tent. No person must go in there until Aaron comes out. So, Aaron will make himself and his family pure. And he will make all the people of Israel pure. 18Then Aaron will go out to the altar that is before the Lord. Aaron will make the altar pure. Aaron will take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood and put it on the corners of the altar on all sides. 19Then Aaron will sprinkle some of the blood with his finger on the altar seven times. In this way, Aaron will make the altar holy and clean from all the sins of the people of Israel. 20“So Aaron will make the Most Holy Place, the Meeting Tent, and the altar pure. After that, Aaron will bring the live goat ˻to the Lord˼. 21Aaron will put both his hands on the head of the living goat. Then Aaron will confess ˻(admit)˼ the sins and crimes of the people of Israel over the goat. In this way, Aaron will lay the people’s sins on the goat’s head. Then he will send the goat away to the desert. A man will be standing by, ready to lead this goat away. 22So the goat will carry all the people’s sins on itself to the empty desert. The man who leads the goat will let it loose in the desert. 23“Then Aaron will enter the Meeting Tent. He will take off the linen clothes that he put on when he went into the Holy Place. He must leave these clothes there. 24He will wash his ˻whole˼ body with water in a holy place. Then he will put on his ˻other special˼ clothes. He will come out and offer his burnt offering and the people’s burnt offering. He will make himself and the people pure. 25Then he will burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar. 26“The person that led the goat to Azazel must wash his clothes and his whole body with water. After that, he can come into the camp. 27“The bull and the goat for the sin offerings must be taken outside the camp. (The blood from those animals was brought into the Holy Place to make ˻the holy things˼ pure.) ˻The priests˼ must burn the skins, bodies, and body waste of those animals in the fire. 28Then the person who burns them must wash his clothes and wash his ˻whole˼ body with water. After that, he can come into the camp. 29“This law will always continue for you: On the tenth ˻day˼ of the seventh month, you must not eat food. You must not do any work. None of the travelers or foreigners living in your land can do any work either. 30Why? Because on this day, the priest will make you pure and wash away your sins. Then you will be clean to the Lord. 31This day is a very important day of rest for you. You must not eat food. This law will continue forever. 32“So the man chosen to be the high priest will do the ceremony to make things pure. This is the man appointed to serve as high priest after his father. That priest must put on the holy linen clothes. 33He must make the Most Holy Place, the Meeting Tent, and the altar pure. And he must make the priests and all the people ˻of Israel˼ pure. 34That law for making the people of Israel pure will continue forever. You will do those things one time every year. Why? Because of the sins of the people of Israel.” So they did the things that the Lord had commanded Moses.

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