Leviticus 4

1The Lord spoke to Moses. The Lord said, 2“Tell the people of Israel: If any person sins by accident and does any of the things the Lord said must not be done, then that person must do these things: 3“If the anointed priest makes a mistake in a way that leaves the people guilty for their sin, then the priest must make an offering to the Lord for his sin. The priest must offer a young bull that has nothing wrong with it. He must offer the young bull to the Lord as a sin offering. 4The anointed priest must bring the bull to the entrance of the Meeting Tent in front of the Lord. He must put his hand on the bull’s head and kill the bull in front of the Lord. 5Then the anointed priest must get some of the blood from the bull and take it into the Meeting Tent. 6The priest must put his finger in the blood and sprinkle the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the curtain of the ˻Most˼ Holy Place. 7The priest must put some of the blood on the corners of the incense altar. (This altar is in the Meeting Tent, in front of the Lord.) The priest must pour out all of the bull’s blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. (This altar is at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.) 8And he must take all the fat from the bull of the sin offering. He must take the fat that is on and around the inside parts. 9He must take the two kidneys and the fat covering them near the lower back muscle. He must also take the fat part of the liver. He must remove it with the kidneys. 10The priest must offer these parts just like they are offered from the bull of the fellowship offering. The priest must burn the animal parts on the altar of burnt offering. 11- 12But the priest must carry out the bull’s skin, inside parts and body waste, and all the meat on its head and legs. The priest must carry those parts outside the camp to the special place where the ashes are poured out. The priest must put those parts there on the wood and burn them. The bull must be burned where the ashes are poured out. 13“It may happen that the whole nation of Israel sins without knowing it. They might have done any of the things that the Lord has commanded them not to do. If this happens, they will become guilty. 14If they learn about that sin, then they must offer a young bull as a sin offering for the whole nation. They must bring the bull to the Meeting Tent. 15The elders ˻(leaders)˼ of the people must put their hands on the bull’s head in front of the Lord, and then a person must kill the bull in front of the Lord. 16Then the anointed priest must get some of the bull’s blood and take it into the Meeting Tent. 17The priest must put his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times in front of the curtain before the Lord. 18Then the priest must put some of the blood on the corners of the altar. (This altar is in the Meeting Tent, in front of the Lord.) The priest must pour out all the blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. (This altar is at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.) 19Then the priest must take all the fat from the animal and burn it on the altar. 20The priest must offer these parts just like he offered the bull of the sin offering. In this way, the priest will make the people pure. And God will forgive the people of Israel. 21The priest must carry this bull outside the camp and burn it, just like he burned the other bull. This is the sin offering for the whole community. 22“A ruler might sin by accident and do one of the things the Lord his God said must not be done. The ruler will be guilty ˻of doing wrong˼. 23If the ruler learns about his sin, then he must bring a male goat that has nothing wrong with it. That will be his offering. 24The ruler must put his hand on the goat’s head and kill the goat at the place where they kill the burnt offering before the Lord. The goat is a sin offering. 25The priest must take some of the blood of the sin offering on his finger and put it on the corners of the altar of burnt offering. The priest must pour the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. 26And the priest must burn all the goat’s fat on the altar. He must burn it like he burns the fat of the sacrifice of fellowship offerings. In this way, the priest will make the ruler pure. And God will forgive the ruler. 27“One of the common people might sin by accident and do one of the things that the Lord said must not be done. 28If that person learns about his sin, then he must bring a female goat that has nothing wrong with it. That will be the person’s sin offering. He must bring this goat for the sin that he has done. 29He must put his hand on the animal’s head and kill it at the place for the burnt offering. 30Then the priest must take some of the goat’s blood on his finger and put it on the corners of the altar of burnt offering. Then the priest must pour out the rest of the goat’s blood at the base of the altar. 31The priest must offer all the goat’s fat, just like the fat is offered from the fellowship offerings. The priest must burn it on the altar as a sweet smell to the Lord. In this way, the priest will make that person pure. And God will forgive that person. 32“If that person brings a lamb as his sin offering, then he must bring a female lamb that has nothing wrong with it. 33The person must put his hand on the animal’s head and kill it as a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. 34The priest must take some of the blood from the sin offering on his finger and put it on the corners of the altar of burnt offering. Then the priest must pour out all the lamb’s blood at the base of the altar. 35The priest must offer all the lamb’s fat, just like the fat of the lamb is offered from the fellowship offerings. The priest must burn it on the altar, just like any offering made by fire to the Lord. In this way, the priest will make that person pure from the sin he did. And God will forgive that person.

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