Leviticus 22

1The Lord God said to Moses, 2“Tell Aaron and his sons: The people of Israel will give things to me. Those things will become holy. They are mine. So you priests must not take those things. If you use those holy things ˻for yourselves˼, then you will show that you don’t respect my holy name. I am the Lord! 3If any person from among all your descendants touches those things, then that person will become unclean. That person must be separated from me! The people of Israel gave those things to me. I am the Lord! 4“If any of Aaron’s descendants has one of the bad skin diseases or a discharge he can’t eat the holy food until he becomes clean. That rule is for any priest that becomes unclean. That priest can become unclean from a dead body or from his own semen. 5He can become unclean if he touches any unclean crawling animals. And he can become unclean if he touches an unclean person. It does not matter what made that person unclean. 6If a person touches any of those things, he will become unclean until evening. That person must not eat any of the holy food. Even if he washes with water, he can’t eat the holy food. 7He will be clean only after the sun goes down. Then he can eat the holy food. Why? Because ˻after sunset he is clean and˼ that food belongs to him. 8“If a priest finds an animal that died by itself or that was killed by wild animals, he must not eat that dead animal. If that person eats that animal, he will become unclean. I am the Lord! 9“The priests will have special times to serve me. They must be careful at those times. They must be careful not to make the holy things not holy. If they are careful, then they will not die. I, the Lord, have separated them for this special job. 10Only people from a priest’s family can eat the holy food. A visitor staying with the priest or a hired worker must not eat any of the holy food. 11But if the priest buys a person as a slave with his own money, then that person may eat some of the holy things. ˻Slaves˼ that were born in the priest’s house may also eat some of the priest’s food. 12A priest’s daughter might marry a man who is not a priest. If she does that, then she can’t eat any of the holy offerings. 13A priest’s daughter might become a widow, or she might become divorced. If she does not have any children ˻to support her˼ and she goes back to her father’s house ˻where she lived˼ as a child, then she can eat some of her father’s food. But only people from a priest’s family can eat this food. 14“A person might eat some of the holy food by mistake. That person must give the same amount to the priest, and he must give another fifth of the price of that food. 15“The people of Israel will give gifts to the Lord. Those gifts become holy. So the priest must not make those holy things not holy. 16If the priests treat those things as not holy, then they will add to their sin when they eat the holy food. I, the Lord, make them holy!” 17The Lord God said to Moses, 18“Tell Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel: Maybe a citizen of Israel or a foreigner will want to bring an offering. Maybe it is for some special promise that person made. Or maybe it is some special sacrifice that person wanted to bring. 19- 20Those are gifts that the people bring because they really want to give a gift to God. You must not accept any offering that has anything wrong with it. I will not be happy with that gift! If the gift is a bull, or a sheep, or a goat, then that animal must be a male. And it must not have anything wrong with it! 21“A person might bring a fellowship offering to the Lord. That fellowship offering might be payment for a special promise that person made. Or maybe it is a special gift that person wanted to give to the Lord. It might be a bull or a sheep. But it must be healthy. There must be nothing wrong with that animal! 22You must not offer to the Lord any animal that is blind, or has broken bones, or is crippled, or has a discharge, or a bad skin disease. You must not offer sick animals on the fire of the Lord’s altar. 23“Sometimes a bull or lamb will have a leg that is too long, or a foot that did not grow right. If a person wants to give that animal as a special gift to the Lord, then it will be accepted. But it will not be accepted as payment for a special promise that person made. 24“If an animal has bruised, crushed, or torn testicles, then you must not offer that animal to the Lord. 25“You must not take animals from foreigners as sacrifices to the Lord. Why? Because the animals might have been hurt in some way. They might have something wrong with them. They will not be accepted!” 26The Lord said to Moses, 27“When a calf, or a sheep, or a goat is born, it must stay seven days with its mother. Then on the eighth day and after, this animal will be accepted as a sacrifice offered by fire to the Lord. 28But you must not kill the animal and its mother on the same day! This rule is the same for cows and sheep. 29“If you want to offer some special offering of thanks to the Lord, then you are free to offer that gift. ˻But you must do it in a way that pleases God.˼ 30You must eat the whole animal that day. You must not leave any of the meat for the next morning. I am the Lord! 31“Remember my commands, and obey them. I am the Lord! 32Show respect for my holy name! I must be very special to the people of Israel. I, the Lord, have made you my special people. 33I brought you from Egypt. I became your God. I am the Lord!”

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