Leviticus 5

1“A person might hear a warning. Or a person might see or hear something that he should tell to other people. If that person does not tell what he saw or heard, then that person is guilty of doing wrong. 2Or a person might touch something unclean. It might be the dead body of a tame animal, or it might be the dead body of an unclean animal. That person might not know that he touched those things, but he will still be guilty of doing wrong. 3There are many things that come from a person that make a person unclean. A person might touch any of these things from another person, but not know about it. When that person learns that he has touched something unclean, he will be guilty. 4Or a person might make a quick promise to do something—it makes no difference if it is bad or good. People make many kinds of quick promises. A person might make such a promise and forget it. When he remembers his promise, then he will be guilty, because he didn’t keep his promise. 5So, if a person is guilty of any of these things, then he must confess ˻(admit)˼ the thing he did wrong. 6He must bring his guilt offering to the Lord for the sin he did. He must bring a female lamb or a female goat as a sin offering. Then the priest will ˻do the things that will˼ make that person pure from the sin that person did. 7“If the person can’t afford a lamb, he must bring two doves or two young pigeons to the Lord. These will be the guilt offering for his sin. One bird must be for a sin offering, and the other must be for a burnt offering. 8The person must bring them to the priest. First, the priest will offer one bird for the sin offering. The priest will pull off the bird’s head from its neck. But the priest will not divide the bird ˻into two parts˼. 9The priest must sprinkle the blood from the sin offering on the side of the altar. Then the priest must pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. It is a sin offering. 10Then the priest must offer the second bird according to the rules for a burnt offering. In this way, the priest will make that person pure from the sin that person did. And God will forgive that person. 11“If the person can’t afford two doves or two pigeons, then he must bring 8 cups of fine flour. This will be his sin offering. The person must not put oil on the flour. He must not put frankincense on it, because it is a sin offering. 12The person must bring the flour to the priest. The priest will take a handful of the flour. It will be a memorial offering. The priest will burn the flour on the altar. It will be an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sin offering. 13In this way, the priest will make that person pure. And God will forgive that person. The part that is left will belong to the priest, just like the grain offering.” 14The Lord said to Moses, 15“A person might accidentally do something wrong with the holy things of the Lord. Then that person must bring a ram that has nothing wrong with it. This will be his guilt offering to the Lord. You must use the official measure and set the price of the ram. 16That person must pay for the sin he did with the holy things. He must give the things he promised, add one-fifth to the value, and give this money to the priest. In this way, the priest will make that person pure with the ram of the guilt offering. And God will forgive that person. 17“If a person sins and does any of the things that the Lord has commanded not to be done, it does not matter if that person did not know. That person is guilty. That person must accept the responsibility for his sin. 18That person must bring a ram that has nothing wrong with it to the priest. The ram will be a guilt offering. In this way, the priest will make that person pure from the sin that person did without knowing. And God will forgive that person. 19The person is guilty, ˻even if he did not know he was sinning˼. So he must give the guilt offering to the Lord.”

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