Leviticus (Law of the Levites) 2nd edit 2014


Leviticus (Law of the Levites)

 

Burnt Offerings

1[1-6] Yahweh called to Moses out of the Meeting Place, and told him, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When any of you gives an offering to Yahweh, give your offering from the herds and flocks of the animals. ‘If your offering is a burnt offering from the herd, offer a male without anything wrong with it. Offer it at the door of the Meeting Place, that you may be accepted by Yahweh. Put your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted to cover your sins for you. Kill the bull before Yahweh. Aaron’s sons, the preachers, will give the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that’s at the door of the Meeting Place. Skin the burnt offering, and cut it into pieces.

[7- 9] The sons of Aaron, the preacher, will put fire on the altar, and put the wood on the fire; and Aaron’s sons, the preachers, will put the pieces, the head, and the fat in order on the firewood which is on the altar; but its insides and legs you’ll wash with water. The preacher will burn it all on the altar for a burnt offering, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh.

[10-13] If your offering is from the flock, from the sheep, or from the goats, for a burnt offering, offer a male without anything wrong with it. Kill it on the north side of the altar before Yahweh. Aaron’s sons, the preachers, will sprinkle its blood around on the altar. Cut it into pieces, along with its head and fat. The preacher will put them in order on the fire wood that’s on the altar, but wash the insides and legs with water. The preacher will offer it all, and burn it on the altar. It’s a burnt offering, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh.

[14-17] If your offering to Yahweh is a burnt offering of birds, then bring your offering of doves, or young pigeons. The preacher will bring it to the altar, and wring off its head, and burn it on the altar; and its blood will be drained out on the side of the altar. Take away its insides and feathers, and throw it beside the altar on the east side, where the ashes go. Break it open at its wings, but don’t cut it in half. The preacher will burn it on the altar, putting it on the fire wood. It’s a burnt offering, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh.

 

Grain Offerings

     2[1-3] When anyone brings a grain offering to Yahweh, the offering will be of finely ground flour. Pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it. Bring it to Aaron’s sons, the preachers; and take a handful of its flour and oil, with all its frankincense; and the preacher will burn it on the altar for a reminder, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh. Whatever is left of the offering will be for Aaron and his sons. It’s most holy of all the burnt offerings to Yahweh.

[4-10] When you bring a grain offering baked in the oven, make it without yeast, loaves of finely ground flour mixed with oil, or crackers made without yeast rubbed with oil. If your offering is a grain offering of the baking pan, make it without yeast of finely ground flour mixed with oil. Break it in pieces, and pour oil on it, because it’s a grain offering. If your offering is a grain offering of the frying pan, make it of finely ground flour with oil. Bring the grain offering that’s made of these things to Yahweh and it will be given to the preacher to bring to the altar. The preacher will take a part of the grain offering for a reminder, and will burn it on the altar, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh. Whatever is left of the grain offering will be for Aaron and his sons. It’s most holy of all the burnt offerings to Yahweh.

[11-16] No grain offering, which you offer to Yahweh, will be made with yeast; burn no yeast, nor honey as a burnt offering to Yahweh. You may offer them to Yahweh as an offering of the first of your food, but they won’t be burned on the altar to smell good. Add salt to every offering of your grain offering; Don’t let the grain offering of the promise of your God be lacking salt. Offer salt with all your offerings. If you offer a grain offering of the first of your foods to Yahweh, offer for the grain offering of your first foods new grain roasted with fire, beaten from the head of the grain. Put oil and frankincense on it because it’s a grain offering. The preacher will burn it as a reminder, part of its beaten grain, and part of its oil, along with all its frankincense because it’s an offering of fire to Yahweh.

 

Peace Offerings

3[1-5] If your offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings; if you offer it from the herd, whether male or female, offer one without anything wrong with it to Yahweh. Put your hand on the head of your offering, and kill it at the door of the Meeting Place and Aaron’s sons, the preachers, will sprinkle the blood around on the altar. Offer of the sacrifice of peace offerings an offering of fire to Yahweh. Take away the fat that covers the insides, all the fat that’s on the insides, the two kidneys, the fat that’s on them, which is by the hips, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys. Aaron’s sons will burn it on the altar for a burnt offering, which is on the firewood. It’s an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh.

[6-11] If your offering for a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh is from the flock; whether male or female, offer one without anything wrong with it. If you bring a lamb for your offering, when you offer it to Yahweh, put your hand on the head of your offering, and kill it in front of the Meeting Place; and Aaron’s sons will sprinkle its blood around on the altar. Offer from the sacrifice of peace offerings an offering of fire to Yahweh; take away its fat, all the tail fat, and what’s close to the backbone and the fat that covers the insides, all the fat that’s on the insides, the two kidneys, the fat that’s on them, which is by the hips, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys. The preacher will burn it on the altar. It’s the food of the offering of fire to Yahweh.

[12-17] If your offering is a goat, when you offer it to Yahweh, put your hand on its head, and kill it before the Meeting Place; and the sons of Aaron will sprinkle its blood around on the altar. Offer part of it as your offering, an offering of fire to Yahweh; Take away the fat that covers the insides, all the fat that’s on the insides, the two kidneys, the fat that’s on them, which is by the hips, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys. The preacher will burn them on the altar. It’s the food of the offering of fire that smells good; all the fat is Yahweh’s. It will be a law forever throughout your generations in all your homes. Eat no fat or blood.’”

 

Sin Offerings

4[1-12] Then Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘If anyone sins by mistake, in anything which Yahweh has told them not to do, and does any one of them: if one of the anointed preachers sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let them offer for their sin, which they’ve done, a young bull without anything wrong with it to Yahweh for a sin offering. They’ll bring the bull to the door of the Meeting Place to Yahweh; and put their hand on the head of the bull, and kill the bull in front of Yahweh. The anointed preacher will take some of the blood of the bull, and bring it to the Meeting Place. The preacher will dip a finger in the blood, and sprinkle some of the blood seven times in front of Yahweh, before the veil of the Place of Worship. The preacher will put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of good smelling incense to Yahweh, which is in the Meeting Place, and pour out all of the rest of the blood of the bull at the base of the altar of burnt offering, which is at the door of the Meeting Place. Take all the fat of the bull of the sin offering off of it; the fat that covers the insides, all the fat that’s on the insides, the two kidneys, and the fat that’s on them, which is by the hips, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys, take away as it’s taken off of the bull of the sacrifice of peace offerings. The preacher will burn them on the altar of burnt offering. The bull’s skin, all its meat, with its head, and legs, its insides, and its wastes, carry the whole bull outside the camp to a fit place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire. Burn it where the ashes are poured out.

[13-21] If all the people of Israel sin without anyone knowing they’ve sinned, and they’ve done anything which Yahweh has told them not to do, and are guilty; when the sin they’ve done is known, then offer a young bull for a sin offering, and bring it before the Meeting Place. The elders of the people will put their hands on the head of the bull in front of Yahweh; and the bull will be killed in front of Yahweh. The anointed preacher will bring of the blood of the bull to the Meeting Place and will dip a finger in the blood, and sprinkle it seven times in front of Yahweh, before the veil. Put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is in front of Yahweh that’s in the Meeting Place; and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering, which is at the door of the Meeting Place. Take all its fat from it, and burn it on the altar. Do this with the bull as you did with the bull of the sin offering; and the preacher will cover their sins, and they’ll be forgiven. Carry the bull outside the camp, and burn it as you burned the first bull. It’s the sin offering for the people.

[22-26] When a ruler sins without knowing it, and does anything which Yahweh God has told them not to do, and is guilty; if the sin that has been done is made known to the ruler,  they’ll bring an offering of a goat, a male without anything wrong with it. They’ll put their hand on the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering to Yahweh. It’s a sin offering. The preacher will dip a finger in some of the blood of the sin offering, and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. All its fat will be burned on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the preacher will cover their sins, and they’ll be forgiven.

[27-31] If any of the common people sins without knowing it, and does anything which Yahweh has told them not to do, and is guilty; if the sin, which has been done, is made known to them, then they’ll bring an offering of a goat, a female without anything wrong with it, for the sin they’ve done. They’ll put their hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering. The preacher will dip a finger in some of its blood, and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering; and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. All its fat will be taken away, like the fat is taken away from off of the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the preacher will burn it on the altar for an offering that smells good to Yahweh; and the preacher will cover their sins for what they’ve done, and they’ll be forgiven.

[32-35] If they bring a lamb for a sin offering, they’ll bring a female without anything wrong with it. They’ll put their hand on its head, and kill it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. The preacher will dip a finger in some of the blood of the sin offering, and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering; and pour out all the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. All its fat will be taken away, like the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the preacher will burn it on the altar, on the offerings of Yahweh made by fire; and the preacher will cover their sins for what they’ve done, and they’ll be forgiven.

 

Making Promises

5[1-3] If anyone sins, who makes a promise, and is a witness, whether they’ve seen it or knew of it, but didn’t tell what they knew, then they’ll be at fault. Or if anyone touches anything unfit, whether it’s the dead body of a wild or tame animal, or the dead body of rodents, without knowing it, and they’re unfit, then they’ll be guilty. Or if anyone touches anything unfit of human beings, whatever it is, without knowing it; when they know it, then they’ll be guilty.

[4-6] Or if anyone promises to do something, whether evil or good, without thinking about it, whatever it is that someone might promise without thinking; when they know of it, then they’ll be guilty of it. When they’re guilty of one of these, they’ll admit what they’ve done that made them sin and bring a guilt offering to Yahweh for the sin which they did, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering; and the preacher will cover their sin for them.

[7-13] If they can’t give a lamb, then they’ll bring to Yahweh two doves, or two young pigeons for their guilt offering for what they did; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering. They’ll bring them to the preacher, who will first offer the one which is for the sin offering, and wring its head from off its neck, but won’t completely break it off. The preacher will sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood will be drained out at the base of the altar. It’s a sin offering. The preacher will offer the second for a burnt offering, by the rule; and the preacher will cover their sins for whatever they’ve done, and they’ll be forgiven. But if they can’t give two doves, or two young pigeons, then they’ll bring an offering for whatever they’ve done, ten percent of a 3 quart jar of finely ground flour for a sin offering. Put no oil on it, nor any frankincense, because it’s a sin offering. They’ll bring it to the preacher, and the preacher will take a handful of it as a reminder, and burn it on the altar, on the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. It’s a sin offering. The preacher will cover their sins for whatever they’ve done of any of these things, and they’ll be forgiven; and the rest will be the preacher’s, as the grain offering.’”

[14-16] Then Yahweh told Moses, “If anyone is at fault, and sins without knowing it, in the holy things of Yahweh; then they’ll bring their guilt offering to Yahweh, a male goat without anything wrong with it from the flock, by the value of silver coins, in the coin of the Place of Worship, for a guilt offering. They’ll pay for what they’ve done wrong in the holy thing, and will add a fifth to it, and give it to the preacher; and the preacher will cover their sins with the male goat of the guilt offering, and they’ll be forgiven.

[17-19] If anyone sins, and does anything which Yahweh has told them not to do without knowing it, they’re at fault. They’ll bring a male goat without anything wrong with it from of the flock, by your value, for a guilt offering, to the preacher; and the preacher will cover their sins for what they’ve done and didn’t know it, and they’ll be forgiven. It’s a guilt offering and they’re, without a doubt, guilty to Yahweh.”

 

 

 

Guilt Offerings

6[1-7] Then Yahweh told Moses, “If anyone sins, and is guilty before Yahweh, and lies to a neighbor about something that was given to them to keep safe, or in making a bargain, or has stolen something, or has mistreated a neighbor, or has found something that was lost, and lied about it; in any of all these things that someone might do, and sin; when they’ve sinned, and are guilty, they’ll give back what they took by theft, or what they got by mistreating someone, or by taking something that was given to them to keep safe, or finding something that was lost and keeping it, or anything else that they may have lied about; they’ll give it back in full, and will add a fifth more to it. They’ll give it to whoever it belongs to in the day they’re found guilty. They’ll bring their guilt offering to Yahweh, a male goat without anything wrong with it from the flock, by your value, for a guilt offering, to the preacher. The preacher will cover their sins in front of Yahweh, and they’ll be forgiven for whatever they did to be guilty.”

[8-11] Then Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering: the burnt offering will be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning; and the fire of the altar will be kept burning on it. The preacher will put on their linen clothes, and linen underwear; and take the ashes from where the fire has burned up the offering on the altar, and put them beside the altar. They’ll take off their preachers clothes, and put on their other clothes, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a fit place.

[12-13] The fire on the altar will be kept burning; Don’t let it go out. The preacher will burn wood on it every morning, and put the burnt offering in order on it, and will burn the fat of the peace offerings on it. Fire is always to be kept burning on the altar; Don’t let it go out.

[14-18] This is the law of the grain offering: the sons of Aaron will offer it to Yahweh on the altar. Take from there a handful of the finely ground flour of the grain offering, and of its oil, and all the frankincense which is on the grain offering, and burn it on the altar for a reminder that smells good to Yahweh. Whatever is left of it Aaron and his sons will eat in a holy place, in the court of the Meeting Place. It won’t be baked with any yeast. I’ve given it as their part of My offerings made by fire. It’s most holy, as the sin offering, and as the guilt offering. Every male among the people of Aaron will eat it, as their part forever throughout their generations, from the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. Whoever touches them will be holy.”

[19-23] Yahweh told Moses, “This is the offering of Aaron and his sons, which they’ll offer to Yahweh in the day when they’re anointed: ten percent of a 3 quart jar of finely ground flour for a daily grain offering, half of it in the morning, and half in the evening. Make it with oil in a baking pan. When it’s mixed, bring it in. Offer it in baked pieces for a grain offering that smells good to Yahweh. The anointed preacher that will be in Aaron’s place from among the sons will offer it, by a law forever, and it will be totally burned before Yahweh. Every grain offering of a preacher will be totally burned. It won’t be eaten.”

[24-30] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed, the sin offering will be killed before Yahweh. It’s most holy. The preacher who offers it for sin will eat it. Eat it in a holy place, in the court of the Meeting Place. Whoever touches its meat will be holy. When any of its blood is sprinkled on their clothes, wash it in a holy place. If it’s boiled in a clay pot, break it; and if it’s boiled in a brass pot, wash it, and rinse it in water. Every male among the preachers will eat it; It’s most holy. No sin offering, from which any of the blood is brought into the Meeting Place to cover your sins in the Holy Place, will be eaten, but will be burned with fire.

 

Various Offerings

7[1-6] This is the law of the guilt offering. It’s most holy. In the place where they kill the burnt offering, kill the guilt offering; and sprinkle its blood around on the altar. Offer all of its fat: take away the fat tail, the fat that covers the insides, the two kidneys, and the fat that’s on them, which is by the hips, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys; and the preacher will burn them on the altar for an offering of fire to Yahweh; It’s a guilt offering. Every male among the preachers may eat it. It will be eaten in a holy place. It’s most holy.

[7-10] As is the sin offering, so is the guilt offering; there’s one law for them. The preacher who makes sins to be covered with them will have it. The preacher who offers anyone’s burnt offering will have the meat of the burnt offering which has been offered. Every grain offering that’s baked in the oven, and all that’s made in the frying pan, and on the baking pan, will be the preacher’s who offers it. Every grain offering, mixed with oil or dry, belongs to all the sons of Aaron, one as well as another.

[11-15] This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which someone will offer to Yahweh. If it’s offered for a thanksgiving, then offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, pancakes mixed with oil, and crackers rubbed with oil, and loaves mixed with oil. Make the offering with the sacrifice of peace offerings for thanksgiving with loaves of yeast bread. Of it, give one out of each offering for an offering that’s raised up to Yahweh. It’s the preacher’s who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings. The meat of the sacrifice of peace offerings for thanksgiving will be eaten on the day of offering. Don’t leave any of it until morning.

[16-21] But if the sacrifice of your offering is a promise, or a freewill offering, it will be eaten on the day that the sacrifice is offered; and on the next day the leftovers will be eaten; but what’s left of the meat of the sacrifice on the third day will be burned with fire. If any of the meat of the sacrifice of peace offerings is eaten on the third day, it won’t be accepted, nor will it be counted for whoever offers it. It’s wrong, and whoever eats any of it will be at fault. The meat that touches anything unfit won’t be eaten. It will be burned with fire. As for the meat, everyone who’s fit may eat it; but the one who eats of the meat of the sacrifice of peace offerings that belong to Yahweh, having touched anything unfit, will be cut off from the people. When anyone touches anything unfit, an unfit human or animal, or anything unfit that’s wrong, and eats some of the meat of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which belong to Yahweh, they’ll be cut off from the people.’”

[22-27] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Eat no fat of a bull, sheep, or goat. The fat of whatever dies naturally and whatever is killed by animals may be used for other things, but don’t eat it in any way. Whoever eats the fat of the animal that’s brought for an offering of fire to Yahweh will be cut off from the people. Don’t eat any blood, whether it’s of bird or animal, in any home. Whoever eats any blood will be cut off from the people.’”

[28-38] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Whoever gives the sacrifice of a peace offering to Yahweh will bring the offering to Yahweh out of the sacrifice of their own peace offerings. With their own hands they’ll bring the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. Bring the fat with the breast, so that the breast may be waved for a wave offering to Yahweh. The preacher will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will be Aaron’s and his sons’. Give the right thigh to the preacher for an offering that’s raised up out of the sacrifices of your peace offerings. Those among the sons of Aaron, who offer the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, will have the right thigh for their part. For the breast that’s waved and the thigh that’s raised up I’ve taken from the people of Israel out of the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them to Aaron the preacher and to his sons as their part forever from the people of Israel.’” This is the part that’s set aside for Aaron, and his sons, out of the offerings of Yahweh made by fire, in the day when they were brought to serve Yahweh in the preacher’s office, which Yahweh said was to be given them of the people of Israel, in the day they were anointed. It’s their part forever throughout their generations. This is the law of the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the dedication offering, and of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which Yahweh told Moses in Mount Sinai, in the day that he told the people of Israel to offer their offerings to Yahweh, in the countryside of Sinai.

 

The Anointing of Aaron

     8[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, “Take Aaron and his sons, and the clothes, the anointing oil, the bull of the sin offering, the two rams, and the basket of flat bread; and gather all the people at the door of the Meeting Place.” So Moses did as Yahweh told him; and the people gathered at the door of the Meeting Place. Then Moses said to the people, “This is what Yahweh has said to be done.”

[6-9] Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. He put the coat on them, tied the belt on, clothed them with the robe, put the back piece on them with its skillfully woven band to attach it. He placed the chest piece on them; and put the Judgment Stones in it. He set the hat on his head; and set the golden plate on the front of the hat, on the holy crown, as Yahweh told Moses.

[10-13] Then Moses took the anointing oil, and poured it on the tent and all that was in it, and dedicated them. He sprinkled it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its tools, and the washing pan and its base, to set them apart. He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head, and anointed them, to set them apart. Then Moses brought Aaron’s sons, put on their coats, tied on their belts, and put on their hats, as Yahweh told Moses.

[14-17] He brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering. Moses killed it and took the blood, putting it all around the horns of the altar with his finger, and set the altar apart, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar, setting it apart to cover the sins of the people. Then Moses took all the fat that was on the insides, the cover of the liver, the two kidneys, and their fat and burned it on the altar. But the bull, its skin, its meat, and its wastes, he burned with fire outside the camp as Yahweh told Moses.

[18-21] Then he brought the male goat of the burnt offering and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head. Moses killed it and sprinkled the blood around on the altar. He cut the goat into pieces; and burned the head, the other pieces, and the fat. He washed the insides and the legs with water; and burned the whole goat on the altar. It was a burnt offering that smells good, an offering of fire to Yahweh; as Yahweh told Moses.

[22-27] Moses brought the other male goat, the goat of dedication and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head. He killed it; and Moses took some of its blood, and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of the right foot. He brought Aaron’s sons and put some of the blood on the tip of their right ear, and on the thumb of their right hand, and on the big toe of their right feet; and Moses sprinkled the blood around on the altar. He took the fat, the fat tail, all the fat that was on the insides, the cover of the liver, the two kidneys and their fat, and the right thigh; and he took one panloaf, and one roll of oiled bread, and one cracker out of the basket of flat bread that was for Yahweh, and placed them on the fat, and on the right thigh. He put all these in Aaron’s hands and in his sons’ hands, and waved them for a wave offering to Yahweh.

[28-36] Then Moses took them from their hands, and burned them on the altar for the burnt offering. They were a dedication offering that smells good, an offering of fire to Yahweh. Then he took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering to Yahweh. It was Moses’ part of the goat of dedication, as Yahweh told Moses. Then he took some of the anointing oil, and some of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron and his sons, and on all their clothes, and set apart Aaron and his sons, and all their clothes. So Moses said to Aaron and his sons, “Boil the meat at the door of the Meeting Place, and eat it there along with the bread that’s in the basket of dedication, as I said, ‘Aaron and his sons will eat it.’ What’s left of the meat and the bread you’ll burn with fire. Don’t go out from the door of the Meeting Place seven days, until the days of your dedication are over, because it takes seven days to dedicate you. What has been done today, so Yahweh has told you to do to cover your sins. You’ll stay day and night for seven days at the door of the Meeting Place, and do what Yahweh says, so that you don’t die, as I was told.” So Aaron and his sons did all the things which Yahweh had said by Moses.

 

Yahweh God seen by the People

9[1-5] Then on the eighth day, Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; and said to Aaron, “Take a calf from the herd for a sin offering, and a male goat for a burnt offering, without anything wrong with them, and offer them to Yahweh. Tell the people of Israel, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both a year old, without anything wrong with them, for a burnt offering; and a bull and a male goat for peace offerings, to sacrifice to Yahweh; and a grain offering mixed with oil, because today you’ll see Yahweh.’” So they brought what Moses had told them to the Meeting Place and all the people came and stood in front of Yahweh.

[6-11] So Moses said, “This is what Yahweh has said you should do, and you’ll see the beautiful light of Yahweh.”  Then Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar, and offer your sin offering, and your burnt offering, and cover your sins for yourself, and for the people; and make the offering of the people, and cover their sins; as Yahweh has said.” So Aaron came to the altar, and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for the preachers. The sons of Aaron brought the blood to them; and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it on the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar. But the fat, kidneys, and cover from the liver of the sin offering, he burned on the altar; as Yahweh had told Moses. The meat and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp.

[12-14] He killed the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons brought the blood to them, and he sprinkled it around on the altar. They brought the head and all the pieces of the burnt offering to them and he burned them on the altar. He washed the insides and the legs, and burned them for the burnt offering on the altar.

[15-17] Then he brought the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and killed it, and offered it for sin, like the first. He brought the burnt offering, and offered it by the rule. Then he brought a handful of the grain offering, and burned it on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning.

[18-22] He also killed the bull and the male goat, the sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people. Aaron’s sons brought them the blood, which he sprinkled around on the altar, and the fat of the bull and the male goat, the fat tail, the fat that covered the insides, the kidneys, and the cover of the liver. He put the fat on the breasts, and burned the fat on the altar. Then Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh for a wave offering to Yahweh, as Moses has said. So Aaron came toward the people, and blessed them; and came down from making the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings.

[23-24] Then Moses and Aaron went into the Meeting Place, and came out, and blessed the people; and the beautiful light of Yahweh was seen by all the people. Then fire came down from Yahweh, and burned up the burnt offering and the fat on the altar and when all the people saw it, they shouted in fear, and fell to the ground.

 

The Preachers Drink No Wine or Alcohol

10[1-3] Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took a fire pan, and put fire in it, and laid incense on it, and offered it to Yahweh, which they hadn’t been told to do yet. And fire came down from Yahweh, and burned them up, and they died in front of Yahweh. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Yahweh said, ‘I’ll be respected by those who come to Me, and will be honored in front of all the people.’” So Aaron said nothing.

[4-7] Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel, the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come here and carry them out from the Place of Worship out of the camp.” So they came, and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. Then Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, “Don’t uncover your hair, nor tear your clothes; so that you don’t die, and that Yahweh won’t be angry with all the people, but let your family, and the whole house of Israel, cry for what Yahweh has done. Don’t go out from the door of the Meeting Place, or you’ll die; because the anointing oil of Yahweh is on you.” So they did what Moses said.

[8-11] Then Yahweh told Aaron, “Drink no wine nor alcohol, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the Meeting Place, so that you don’t die; it will be a law forever throughout your generations. You are to make a difference between what is set apart and what is for normal use, and between what is unfit and what is fit; and teach the people of Israel all the laws which Yahweh has spoken to them by Moses.”

[12-15] Then Moses told Aaron and Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons who were left, “Take the grain offering that is left of the offerings of Yahweh made by fire, and eat it without yeast beside the altar; because it’s most holy; and eat it in a holy place, because it’s your part, and your sons’ part of the offerings of Yahweh made by fire, as I was told. The breast that’s waved and the thigh that’s raised up you’ll eat in the place set apart, you, and your sons and daughters with you, because they’re given as your part, and your children’s part, out of the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the people of Israel. The thigh that’s raised up and the breast that’s waved they’ll bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering to Yahweh; and it will be yours, and your children’s part forever; as Yahweh has said.”

[16-20] Then Moses asked about the goat of the sin offering, and it was already burned up. So he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron who were left, and asked, “Why haven’t you eaten the sin offering in the Place of Worship, seeing it’s most holy, and it’s been given you for the sin of the people, to cover their sins for Yahweh? Its blood wasn’t brought to the inner part of the Place of Worship; you, without a doubt, should have eaten it in the Place of Worship, as I said.” So Aaron said to Moses, “Look, today they’ve offered their sin offering and their burnt offering to Yahweh; and you see what’s happened to me. If I had eaten the sin offering today, it wouldn’t have been right to Yahweh!” So when Moses heard that, he wasn’t angry anymore.

 

Things Fit and Unfit to Eat

11[1-8] Yahweh told Moses and Aaron, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. You may eat any animal that has a parted hoof which splits in two, and re-chews its food. But don’t eat of those that re-chew their food, or have split hoofs like the camel, because it re-chews its food but doesn’t have a split hoof, so it’s unfit for you. The badger, because it re-chews its food but doesn’t have a split hoof, so it’s unfit for you. The rabbit, because it re-chews its food but doesn’t have a split hoof, so it’s unfit to you. The pig, because it has a parted hoof, which splits in two, but it doesn’t re-chew its food, so it’s unfit for you. Don’t eat their meat, and don’t touch their dead bodies because they’re unfit for you.

[9-12] You may eat anything in the waters that has fins and scales in the lakes, rivers, and seas. Don’t eat anything that doesn’t have fins and scales in the rivers and seas, anything that moves of all the living creatures that are in the waters, and stay away from them. Don’t eat their meat, and stay away from their dead bodies. Whatever has no fins or scales in the waters is wrong for you to eat.

[13-19] Don’t eat these birds, but stay away from them and count them as garbage: any kind of eagle, vulture, buzzard, hawk, falcon, raven, male or female ostriches, cuckoo, or any kind of bird of prey, owl, seagull, ibis, pelican, bustard, stork, heron, desert lark, and bat.

[20-25] Count all flying insects that walk on all fours as garbage. Yet you may eat any winged insect that walks around on four feet, which has jointed legs on top of their feet, and hops on the earth. You may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket, or grasshopper. But all other winged insects that walk around on four feet, count as garbage. You’ll become unfit if you eat them or touch their dead body and won’t be fit until evening. Whoever carries any part of their dead body will wash their clothes, and won’t be fit until evening.

[26-28] Every animal which has a parted foot that isn’t divided in two, nor re-chews their food, is unfit to you. Everyone who touches them will be unfit. Whatever runs on paws, among all animals that have four feet, they’re unfit to you. Whoever touches their dead body won’t be fit until evening. Whoever carries their dead body will wash their clothes, and won’t be fit until evening. They are unfit to you.

[29-38] These are what are unfit to you among the small creatures on the earth: the weasel, the rat, the mole, or any of the rodents; frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, crocodiles, and lizards, or any of the cold-blooded creatures. These are unfit to you among all the small creatures. Whoever touches their dead body won’t be fit until evening. On whatever any of them falls when it dies, it will be unfit; whether it’s a bowl of wood, clothing, skin, bag, or whatever it is that is used for work, it must be put into water, and it won’t be fit until evening. Every clay pot, into which any of them falls, and all that’s in it will be unfit, and you’ll break it. All food mixed with water will be unfit; and all drink that may be drunk in every such bowl will be unfit. Everywhere part of their dead body falls will be unfit; whether on oven, or stove to cook on, it will be broken in pieces because it’s unfit to you. A spring or a well in which water is a gathered will be fit, but whatever touches their dead body will be unfit. If part of their dead body falls on any seed which is to be planted, it’s fit. But if the seed is put in water to be eaten, and part of their dead body falls on it, it’s unfit to you.

[39-40] If any animal dies naturally, which you may eat; whoever touches its dead body won’t be fit until evening. Whoever eats it will wash their clothes, and won’t be fit until evening. Those who carry its dead body will wash their clothes, and won’t be fit until evening.

[41-43] Everything that crawls on the earth is unfit. It won’t be eaten. Whatever crawls on its belly like a reptile, and whatever has four feet like a rodent, or whatever has many feet like an insect, every small thing that crawls around on the earth, don’t eat them and count them as garbage. Don’t make yourselves filthy with anything that crawls, nor will you make yourselves unfit with them, so that you won’t be fit.

[44-47] I Am Yahweh your God. So set yourselves apart and be holy because I am holy; Don’t treat yourselves as common by eating anything that moves on the earth. I Am Yahweh who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. So be holy, because I am holy. This is the law of all the animals, birds, fish, and of everything that crawls on the earth, to make a difference between what’s unfit and what’s fit, and between what’s good and what’s not good to be eaten of all the living things.’”

 

Pregnancy Laws

12[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘If a woman gets pregnant and has a male child, then she’ll be unfit seven days; as in the days of her monthly period. In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off. She’ll continue bleeding for thirty-three days to be cleansed. She won’t touch anything holy, nor come into the Place of Worship, until the days of her cleansing are over. But if she has a female child, then she’ll be unfit two weeks, as in her period; and she’ll continue bleeding for sixty-six days to be cleansed.

[6-8] When her cleansing days are over, for a son or a daughter, she’ll bring to the preacher at the Meeting Place door, a year old lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or dove, for a sin offering and you’ll offer it to Yahweh, and cover her sins for her; and she’ll be cleansed from her bleeding. This is the law for a woman who has childbirth, whether it’s a male or a female. If she can’t give a lamb, then she’ll give two doves, or two young pigeons; one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering. The preacher will cover her sins for her, and she’ll be fit.’”

Skin Disease Laws

13[1-4] Then Yahweh told Moses and Aaron, “When someone has a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot in their skin and it looks like a severe skin disease, then they’ll be brought to Aaron the preacher, or to one of his sons, the preachers; and the preacher will look at it. If the hair has turned white in it, and the problem is deeper than the body’s skin, it’s the disease of leprosy; and the preacher will look at them, and say that they’re unfit. If the bright spot is white, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, and the hair hasn’t turned white, then the preacher will separate the infected person for seven days.

[5-8] The preacher will look at them on the seventh day, and if the preacher thinks the problem is over, and hasn’t spread in the skin, then the preacher will separate them for seven more days. The preacher will look at them again on the seventh day; and if the problem has faded, and hasn’t spread in the skin, then the preacher will say that they’re fit. It’s a scab. They’ll wash their clothes, and are fit. But if the scab spreads on the skin, after they’ve shown it to the preacher to see if their all right, they’ll show it to the preacher again. The preacher will look at them; and if the scab has spread on the skin, then the preacher will say that they’re unfit. It’s a severe skin disease.

[9-13] When the disease of leprosy is in a human, then they’ll be brought to the preacher; and the preacher will look at them, and if there’s a white swelling in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there’s raw skin in the swelling, it’s a severe skin disease in their body, and the preacher will say that they’re unfit. Don’t separate them, because they’re unfit. If the severe skin disease breaks out all over the skin, and it covers all the skin of the infected person from head to feet, as far as the preacher can see; then the preacher will look at them; and if the severe skin disease has covered their whole body, the preacher will say that they’re healed of the problem. It has all turned white, so they’re fit.

[14-17] But whenever raw skin is seen in them, they’ll be unfit. The preacher will look at the raw skin, and say that they’re unfit, because the raw skin is unfit. It’s severe skin disease. Or if the raw skin changes again and becomes white, then they’ll come to the preacher; and the preacher will look at them; and if the problem has turned white, then the preacher will say that they’re healed of the problem. They’re fit.

[18-23] When the body has a swelling on its skin, and it has healed, and in the place of the swelling there’s a white growth, or a bright pink spot, then it will be shown to the preacher; and the preacher will look at it; and if it looks deeper than the skin, and the hair has turned white, then the preacher will say that they’re unfit. It’s the disease of leprosy. It has broken out in the swelling. But if the preacher looks at it, and there are no white hairs in it, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, but is dull, then the preacher will separate them seven days. If it spreads in the skin, then the preacher will say that they’re unfit. It’s a problem. But if the bright spot stays there, and hasn’t spread, it’s the scar from the swelling; and the preacher will say that they’re fit.

[24-28] Or when the body has a burn from fire on its skin, and the raw skin of the burn becomes a bright spot, pink or white, then the preacher will look at it; and if the hair in the bright spot has turned white, and it looks deeper than the skin; it’s a severe skin disease. It has broken out in the burn, and the preacher will say that they’re unfit. It’s the disease of leprosy. But if the preacher looks at it, and there’s no white hair in the bright spot, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, but is faded; then the preacher will separate them seven days. The preacher will look at them on the seventh day. If it has spread in the skin, then the preacher will say that they’re unfit. It’s the disease of leprosy. If the bright spot stays there, and hasn’t spread in the skin, but is faded, it’s the swelling from the burn, and the preacher will say that they’re fit; it’s the scar from the burn.

[29-37] When a man or woman has a problem on the head or on the beard, then the preacher will look at it; and if it looks deeper than the skin, and the hair in it is yellow and thin, then the preacher will say that they’re unfit; it’s an itch, a severe skin disease of the head or the beard. If the preacher looks at the problem of itching, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, and there’s no black hair in it, then the preacher will separate the person infected with itching seven days. On the seventh day the preacher will look at it; and if the itch hasn’t spread, and there’s no yellow hair in it, and the itch isn’t deeper than the skin, then they’ll be shaved, but don’t shave the itch; and the preacher will separate whoever has the itch seven more days. On the seventh day, the preacher will look at the itch; and if the itch hasn’t spread in the skin, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, then the preacher will say that they’re fit. They’ll wash their clothes and are fit. But if the itch spreads in the skin after they’re healed, then the preacher will look at them; and if the itch has spread in the skin, the preacher won’t look for the yellow hair; they’re unfit. But if the preacher thinks the itch is healed, and black hair has grown in it; the itch is healed, and they’re fit. The preacher will say that they’re fit.

[38-39] When a man or a woman has bright spots in their skin, white looking; then the preacher will look at them; and if the bright spots on their skin are a dull white, it’s a harmless rash, it has broken out in the skin; they’re fit.

[40-44] If a man’s hair has fallen from his head, he’s bald. He’s fit. If his hair has fallen from the front part of his head, he’s forehead bald. He’s fit. But if there’s a pink spot in the bald head, or forehead; it’s a severe skin disease breaking out in the bald head or forehead. Then the preacher will look at it; and if the pink spot is swelling in the bald head or forehead, and looks like a skin disease, he has a severe skin disease. He’s unfit. The preacher will say that they’re unfit. His problem is on the head.

[45-46] The one who has the problem will wear torn clothes, and their hair will hang loose. They’ll cup their hands around their mouth, and will call out, ‘Unfit! Unfit!’ However long the problem is in them they’ll be unfit. They’re unfit and will live alone, outside of the camp.

[47-51] The clothes also that the disease of leprosy is in, whether it’s woolen clothes or linen clothes; whether it’s in the thread of a woven cloth; of linen or wool; whether in a piece of leather, or in anything made of leather; if the problem is greenish or reddish in the clothes, or in the leather, or in the threads of a woven cloth, or in anything made of leather; it’s the disease of leprosy, and will be shown to the preacher. The preacher will look at it, and separate it for seven days. They’ll look at the problem on the seventh day. If the problem has spread in the clothes, in the threads of the woven cloth or in the leather, whatever it’s used for, the problem is a harmful mildew. It’s unfit.

[52-55] Burn the clothes, whether it’s in the threads of a woven cloth, in wool or linen, or anything of leather that has the problem, because it’s a harmful mildew. Burn it in the fire. If the preacher looks at it, and the problem hasn’t spread in the clothes, in the threads of the woven cloth or in any part of the leather; then the preacher will say to wash whatever has the problem, and you’ll keep it separated seven more days. Then the preacher will look at it, after the problem is washed; and if the problem hasn’t changed its color, and the problem hasn’t spread, it’s unfit; burn it in the fire. It’s a spot of mildew, whether inside or outside.

[56-59] If the preacher looks, and the problem has faded after it’s washed, then you’ll tear it out of the clothes, or out of the leather, or out of the threads of a woven cloth: and if it’s seen again in the clothes, in the threads of the woven cloth or in anything of leather, it’s spreading. Burn whatever has the problem with fire. The clothes, either a woven cloth, or whatever is made of leather, will be washed, and if the problem has gone from it, then it will be washed again, and it will be fit. This is the law of the problem of mildew in clothes of wool or linen, either in a woven cloth, or in anything made of leather, to tell whether it’s fit or unfit.”

 

Leprosy Laws

14[1-7] Yahweh told Moses, “This will be the law of the leper in the day of cleansing. They’ll be brought to the preacher, and the preacher will go out of the camp to them. The preacher will look at them, and if the disease of leprosy is healed in the leper, then the preacher will tell them to take two living fit birds, cedar wood, red dye, and a hyssop branch for whoever is to be cleansed. The preacher will tell them to kill one of the birds in a clay pot over running water. As for the living bird, you’ll take it, the cedar wood, the red dye, and the hyssop branch, and will dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water. You’ll sprinkle on whoever is to be cleansed from the skin disease seven times, and will say that they’re fit, and will let the living bird go into the open field.

[8-9] Whoever is to be cleansed will wash their clothes, shave off all their hair, and take a bath in water; and they’ll be fit. After that they’ll come into the camp, but will live outside their tent seven days. On the seventh day, they’ll shave all their hair off, along with all the hair of the beard and eyebrows. They’ll wash their clothes, and take a bath, then they’ll be fit.

[10-18] On the eighth day they’ll take two male lambs without anything wrong with them, and one female lamb a year old without anything wrong with it, and a third of a 3 quart jar of finely ground flour for a grain offering, mingled with oil, and a half quart of oil. The preacher who cleanses them will set whoever is to be cleansed, and those things, before Yahweh, at the door of the Meeting Place. The preacher will take one of the male lambs, and offer it for a guilt offering, with the half quart of oil, and wave them for a wave offering to Yahweh. The preacher will kill the male lamb in the place where they kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the Place of Worship; just as the sin offering is the preacher’s, so is the guilt offering. It’s most holy. The preacher will take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of whoever is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of their right hand, and on the big toe of their right foot. The preacher will take some of the half quart of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand and dip his right finger in it, and sprinkle it with his finger seven times before Yahweh. The preacher will put some of the rest of the oil that’s in his hand on the tip of the right ear of whoever is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of the right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering. The rest of the oil that’s in the preacher’s hand will be put on the head of whoever is to be cleansed, and the preacher will cover their sins before Yahweh.

[19-22] The preacher will offer the sin offering, and cover the sins of whoever is to be cleansed because of their being unfit; and afterward will kill the burnt offering and offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. The preacher will cover their sins, and they’ll be fit. If they’re poor, and can’t give so much, then they’ll take one male lamb for a guilt offering to be waved, to cover their sins, and ten percent of a 3 quart jar of finely ground flour mingled with oil for a grain offering, and a half quart of oil; and two doves, or two young pigeons, whatever they’re able to give; and the one will be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.

[23-29] On the eighth day bring them for their cleansing to the preacher, to the door of the Meeting Place, to Yahweh. The preacher will take the lamb of the guilt offering, and the half quart of oil, and the preacher will wave them for a wave offering to Yahweh. Kill the lamb of the guilt offering and take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of whoever is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of the right foot. The preacher will pour some of the oil into the palm of his own left hand and sprinkle with the right finger some of it seven times before Yahweh. Then the preacher will put some of the oil that’s in his hand on the tip of the right ear of whoever is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of the right foot, where the blood of the guilt offering is. The rest of the oil that’s in the preacher’s hand put on the head of whoever is to be cleansed, to cover their sins before Yahweh.

[30-32] They’ll offer one of the doves, or the young pigeons, whatever they’re able to give. Offer whatever they’re able to give, the first for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the grain offering. The preacher will cover their sins for whoever is to be cleansed before Yahweh. This is the law for those who have the disease of leprosy, who aren’t able to give the sacrifice for their cleansing.”

[33-38] Yahweh told Moses and Aaron, “When you’ve come into the land of Canaan, which I Am giving to you to own, and I put a spreading mildew in a house in your land, then whoever owns the house will come and tell the preacher, ‘There seems to me to be some sort of problem in the house.’ The preacher will tell them to empty the house, before the preacher goes in to look at the problem, so that all that’s in the house won’t be ruined and then the preacher will go in to look at the house. The preacher will look at the problem; and if the problem is ingrained in the walls of the house with green or red streaks, and it seems to go into the wall; then the preacher will go outside of the house, and shut the door for seven days.

[39-44] Then the preacher will come again on the seventh day, and look at it again. If the problem has spread in the walls of the house, then the preacher will tell them to take out the stones where the problem is, and throw them outside of the city in a place for things that are unfit and to scrape all around the inside of the house, and pour out the mortar, that they scraped off, outside of the city into a place for things that are unfit. Then they’ll take other stones, and put them in place of those stones; and take other mortar, and plaster the house again. If the problem comes again, and breaks out in the house, after they’ve taken out the stones, and scraped the house, and after it was plastered; then the preacher will come in and look; and if the problem has spread in the house, it’s a harmful mildew in the house. It’s unfit.

[45-48] They’ll break down the house, its stones, timber, and mortar, and carry them out of the city to a place for things that are unfit. Whoever goes into the house while it’s shut up won’t be fit until evening. Whoever has slept or eaten in the house will wash their clothes. If the preacher comes in, and looks at it, and the problem hasn’t spread in the house, after it was plastered, then the preacher will say that the house  is fit, because the problem is gone.

[49-53] To cleanse the house take two birds, cedar wood, red dye, and a hyssop branch. Kill one of the birds in a clay pot over running water. Take the cedar wood, the hyssop branch, the red dye, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the bird that was killed, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times. Cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, with the living bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop branch, and the red dye; but let the living bird go out of the city into the open field. So the problem for the house will be covered; and it will be fit.”

     [54-57] This is the law for any problem of a severe skin disease, for an itch, for the harmful mildew of clothes or a house, or for a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot; to teach when it’s unfit, and when it’s fit. This is the law of leprosy.

 

Laws of Discharges

15[1-7] Yahweh told Moses and Aaron, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When anyone has a discharge from their body, because of the discharge they’re unfit. Someone is unfit with a discharge when their body runs with a discharge, or their body has stopped from a discharge. Every bed that someone has slept on who has a discharge will be unfit; and everything they sit on will be unfit. Whoever touches their bed will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. Whoever sits on anything where someone has a discharge has sat will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. Whoever touches the body of someone with a discharge will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening.

[8-13] If whoever has a discharge spits on someone who’s fit, then they’ll wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. Whatever saddle someone who has a discharge rides on will be unfit. Whoever touches anything that was under them won’t be fit until evening. Whoever carries those things will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. Whoever someone who has a discharge touches, without having rinsed their hands in water, they’ll wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. The clay pot, which someone who has a discharge touches, will be broken; and every bowl of wood will be rinsed in water. When whoever has a discharge is cleansed of their discharge, then after seven days they’ll be cleansed, and wash their clothes and take a bath in running water, and will be fit.

[14-18] On the eighth day take two doves or young pigeons, and come to Yahweh to the door of the Meeting Place, and give them to the preacher. The preacher will offer them, one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering. The preacher will cover their sins before Yahweh for their discharge. If anyone has a release of semen, then they’ll take a bath in water, and won’t be fit until evening. All clothes and every part of the skin, where the semen touched, will be washed with water, and won’t be fit until evening. If someone has sex with a woman and there’s a release of semen, they’ll both take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening.

[19-24] If a woman has a discharge of a flow of blood from her body, she’ll be set apart for seven days and whoever touches her won’t be fit until evening. Everything that she rests on or sits on while on her period will be unfit. Whoever touches her bed will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. Whoever touches anything that she sits on will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. If it’s on the bed, or on anything she sits on, when they touch it, they won’t be fit until evening. If anyone has sex with her during her period, he’ll be unfit seven days; and every bed he sleeps on will be unfit.

[25-28] If a woman has a discharge of blood that last for many days, but isn’t her period, or if she has a discharge that lasts longer than the time of her normal period, as long as the discharge lasts, she’ll be unfit as in the days of her period. Every bed she sleeps on as long as her discharge lasts, will be to her as the bed of her period, and everything she sits on will be unfit, as in her period. Whoever touches these things will be unfit, and will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. But if she’s through with her period, then after seven days, she’ll be fit.

[29-33] On the eighth day she’ll take two doves or young pigeons, and bring them to the preacher, to the door of the Meeting Place. The preacher will offer the first for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; the preacher will cover her sins for her before Yahweh for being unfit on her period. So separate the people of Israel when they’re unfit, so they won’t die, when they make My Place of Worship unfit that’s with them. This is the law of whoever has a discharge, and of whoever has a release of semen that makes them unfit; and of a woman, who has her period, and of a man or woman who has a discharge, and of whoever has sex with a woman, who’s on her period.”

 

The Most Holy Place

16[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they came to Yahweh, and died, “Tell Aaron, your brother, not to come at any time into the Most Holy Place behind the veil, before the Seat of Forgiveness, which is on the ark or he’ll die when he sees Me in the cloud on the Seat of Forgiveness. Aaron will come into the Place of Worship with a young bull for a sin offering, and a male goat for a burnt offering. He’ll put on the holy linen coat, the linen underwear, the linen belt, and the linen hat. They’re the holy clothes. He’ll take a bath, and put them on. He’ll take from the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one male goat for a burnt offering.

[6-10] Aaron will offer the bull of the sin offering, which is for the preachers, and cover the sins of himself and his family. He’ll take the two goats, and set them before Yahweh at the door of the Meeting Place. Aaron will use the Judgment Stones to choose between the two goats; one for Yahweh, and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron will give the goat which was chosen for Yahweh, and offer it for a sin offering. But the goat, which was chosen for the scapegoat, will be brought alive to Yahweh, to cover sins, to be sent away into the countryside.

[11-16] Aaron will give the bull of the sin offering, which is for the preachers, and will cover the sins of himself and his family, and will kill the bull of the sin offering which is for himself. Have him take a fire pan full of coals of fire from off the altar of Yahweh, and two handfuls of good smelling incense beaten small, and bring it behind the veil. Have him put the incense on the fire before Yahweh that the smoke of the incense may cover the Seat of Forgiveness that’s on the Chest of the Law, so that he won’t die. Have him take some of the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it with a finger on the east side of Seat of Forgiveness; and sprinkle some of the blood in front of the Seat of Forgiveness with a finger seven times. Then have him kill the goat of the sin offering that’s for the people, and bring the blood behind the veil, and do with it as with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the east side of Seat of Forgiveness, and in front of the Seat of Forgiveness and their sins will be covered for the Holy Place, because of the people of Israel being unfit, and because of their disobedience, and all their sins; and do this also for the Meeting Place, that is with this unfit people.

[17-19] There will be no one in the Meeting Place when he enters to cover sins in the Holy Place, until he comes out, and has made sins to be covered for himself and his family, and for all the people of Israel. Have him go out to the altar that’s before Yahweh and make it fit, and take some of the bull’s blood, and some of the goat’s blood, and put it on the horns of the altar all around. Have him sprinkle some of the blood on it with a finger seven times, and cleanse it, and make it holy from the people of Israel being unfit.

[20-22] When he has finished making the Holy Place, the Meeting Place, and the altar fit, he’ll take the live goat. Aaron will put both his hands on the head of the live goat, and admit all the guilt of the people of Israel over it, all their disobedience and sins; and put it on the head of the goat, sending it away into the countryside by someone who’s waiting for it. The goat will take all their guilt on itsself to a place where no one lives, and will be let go in the countryside.

[23-28] Aaron will come into the Meeting Place, and take off the linen clothes, which he put on when he went into the Holy Place, and leave them there. Then he’ll take a bath in a holy place, and put on his clothes, and come out and offer a burnt offering for himself and the people, and cover the sins of himself and the people. The fat of the sin offering he’ll burn on the altar. Whoever lets the goat go for the scapegoat will wash their clothes, and take a bath in water, and will come back into the camp. The bull and the goat for the sin offerings, whose blood was brought in to cover the sins in the Holy Place, will be carried outside the camp; and they’ll burn their skins, meat, and wastes with fire. Whoever burns them will wash their clothes, and take a bath in water, and come back into the camp.

[29-34] It’ll be a law to you forever: On the 10th day of the 7th month, you’ll be sorry for your sins, and do no kind of work, either the native-born, or the foreigner who lives with you. On that day your sins will be covered for you, to cleanse you from all your sins, so you’ll be fit before Yahweh. It’s a Seventh Day of peaceful rest to you, and you’ll be sorry for your sins; It’s a law forever. The preacher, who’s anointed and dedicated to serve as preacher in his father’s place, will cover the sins, and put on the holy linen clothes. Then they’ll cover the sins for the Holy Sanctuary, the Meeting Place, the altar; the preachers and all the people of Israel. This will be a law forever to you, to cover the sins for the people of Israel once a year because of all their sins.” It was done as Yahweh told Moses.

 

False Worship

17[1-9] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Aaron, and his sons, and all the people of Israel, ‘This is what Yahweh has said; Whoever of the house of Israel, who kills a bull, lamb, or goat, in the camp, or outside it, and hasn’t brought it to the door of the Meeting Place, to give an offering to Yahweh at the tent of Yahweh will be guilty of its blood. They’ve shed blood; and they’ll be cut off from among the people. This is so that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they sacrifice in the open field, to Yahweh, to the door of the Meeting Place, to the preacher, and make sacrifices of peace offerings to Yahweh. The preacher will sprinkle the blood on the altar of Yahweh at the door of the Meeting Place, and burn the fat for an offering that smells good to Yahweh. Don’t make sacrifices of goats to the false gods, which some follow after, leaving the true worship of God. This will be a law forever to them throughout their generations.’ You’ll say to them, ‘Anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners with them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, and doesn’t bring it to the door of the Meeting Place, to sacrifice it to Yahweh; will be cut off from the people.’

[10-16] Anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners with them, who eats any kind of blood, I’ll turn against, and will cut them off from among the people. For the life of the body is in the blood; and I’ve given it to you on the altar to cover your sins for your souls because it’s the life in the blood that covers your sins. So, I’ve said to the people of Israel, ‘No one among you will eat blood, nor will any stranger who lives as a foreigner with you.’ Whoever of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners among them, who goes hunting for any animal or bird that may be eaten, will pour out its blood, and cover it with dust. The blood gives life to all bodies, so I said to the people of Israel, ‘Don’t eat the blood of any kind of meat; for the blood gives life to all bodies. Whoever eats it will be cut off.’ Everyone that eats what dies naturally, or whatever is killed by animals, whether they’re native-born or a foreigner, will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be fit until evening. If they don’t wash them or take a bath, then they’ll be at fault.’”

 

Laws on Sexuality

18[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘I Am Yahweh your God. Don’t do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived; and don’t do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you; don’t obey their laws. You’ll obey My rules and keep My laws, and do them: I Am Yahweh your God. So keep My laws and My rules; which if anyone does, they’ll live: I Am Yahweh.

[6-20] Don’t have sex with anyone who’s your close relative: I Am Yahweh. Don’t have sex with your father or mother because they’re your parents. Don’t have sex with them. Don’t have sex with your father’s wife; She’s your step mother. Don’t have sex with your sister, who’s the daughter of your father or mother, whether born at home, or somewhere else. Don’t have sex with your granddaughter, because she’s your own kin. Don’t have sex with your half-sister, by your father, since she’s your sister. Don’t have sex with your aunt because she’s your near kin. Don’t have sex with your uncle’s wife because she’s your aunt. Don’t have sex with your daughter-in-law because she’s your son’s wife. Don’t have sex with your sister-in-law, because she’s your near kin. Don’t have sex with both a woman and her daughter or her granddaughter, because she’s your near kin. It’s wrong. Don’t take a woman’s sister as a wife, to trouble her, to have sex with her, while the other is still alive. Don’t have sex with a woman as long as she’s unfit while on her period. Don’t have sex with someone else’s wife, and make yourself unfit with her.

[21-30] Don’t burn any of your children in fire to sacrifice to a false god; nor bring disrespect on the Name of your God: I Am Yahweh. Don’t let a man have sex with a male, as you would with a woman. It’s wrong. Don’t have sex with an animal and make yourself unfit; Don’t let any woman have sex with an animal. It’s wrong. Don’t make yourselves unfit in any of these things because the nations which I am throwing out before you were made unfit by doing these kinds of things. The land was made unfit, so I punished their sins, and the land vomited out its people. Keep My laws and rules, and don’t do any of these sins; not the native-born, or the foreigner who lives with you; so that the land won’t vomit you out also, when you make it unfit, as it did the nation that was before you. The people of the land that were before you have done all these sins, and the land was made unfit. Whoever does any of these sinful things will be cut off from among their people. So keep My orders, that you don’t do any of these filthy practices, which were done before you, and that you don’t make yourselves unfit with them: I Am Yahweh your God.’”

 

 

Be Holy

19[1-4] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell all the people of Israel, ‘Be holy; for I Yahweh your God am holy. Respect your parents. Keep My Seventh Days. I Am Yahweh your God. Don’t turn to false gods, nor make metal gods for yourselves. I Am Yahweh your God.

[5-8] When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh, offer it so that you may be accepted. It will be eaten the day you offer it, and the next day, and if anything is left on the third day, it will be burned with fire. If it’s eaten at all on the third day, it’s wrong. It won’t be accepted; but everyone who eats it will be at fault, because they’ve brought disrespect on the holy thing of Yahweh, and they’ll be cut off from the people.

[9-10] When you gather the harvest of your land, don’t totally gather the corners of your field, nor gather what has fallen on the ground of your harvest. Don’t gather all the grapes of your garden, nor gather what has fallen of your garden. Leave what has fallen for the poor and the foreigner. I Am Yahweh your God.

[11-14] Don’t steal; nor deal falsely or lie to one another. Don’t swear by My Name falsely, and bring disrespect on the Name of your God. I Am Yahweh. Don’t abuse others, nor rob them. Pay your paid workers the day they do the work, don’t wait to pay them till morning. Don’t speak badly of the deaf, nor put something in the way of the blind to make them fall; but fear the judgment of your God. I Am Yahweh.

[15-19] Be fair in judgment. Don’t think about who is poor, or how great someone is; but judge others rightly. Don’t go around telling lies to others; nor tell a lie to take the life of others. I Am Yahweh. Don’t hate anyone in your heart. Correct others, and don’t put up with sin because of them. Don’t get revenge on someone who has done you wrong, nor hold on to hard feelings against your people; but love others as you love yourself. I Am Yahweh. Keep My laws. Don’t crossbreed different kinds of animals. Don’t plant your field with mixed seed; nor wear clothes made with mixed materials.

[20-22] If someone has sex with a female worker, who is promised to be married to another man, and not bought back, or given her freedom; they’ll be punished. They won’t be put to death, because she wasn’t free. He’ll bring a male goat for a guilt offering to Yahweh, to the door of the Meeting Place. The preacher will cover his sin with the goat of the guilt offering to Yahweh for the sin which was done; and what was done will be forgiven.

[23-25] When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you’ll count their fruit as unfit for three years. It won’t be eaten. But in the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for giving praise to Yahweh. In the fifth year you’ll eat its fruit. Do this, so that you’ll be blessed with its fruit. I Am Yahweh your God.

[26-29] Don’t eat any meat with the blood still in it. Don’t use witchcraft, nor fortune telling. Don’t cut the hair on the sides of your heads, nor cut off the ends of your beard. Don’t make any cuttings in your skin to remember the dead, nor print any tattoos on you. I Am Yahweh. Don’t shame your daughter by making her a prostitute; or the land will be filled with prostitution, and become sinful.

[30-31] Keep My Seventh Days, and respect My Place of Worship; I Am Yahweh. Don’t go looking for answers from those who talk to the dead, do fortune telling, or use witchcraft. Don’t seek them out, and be made unfit by them. I Am Yahweh your God.

[32-34] Rise up and honor the presence of an old person, and fear the judgment of your God. I Am Yahweh. If a foreigner lives with you in your land, don’t do them wrong. The foreigner with you will be to you as the native-born among you, and you’ll love them as yourself because you once lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I Am Yahweh your God.

[35-37] Be fair in judgment, in measures of length, weight, or quantity. Have equal scales and weights, an equal 3 quart jar, and an equal 5 quart jar. I Am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Keep all My laws and rules, and do them. I Am Yahweh.’”

 

Don’t Sacrifice Your Children

20[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, “Also, tell the people of Israel, ‘Anyone of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners in Israel, who gives any of their children to a false god; will, without a doubt, be put to death. The people of the land will kill them with stones. I, too, will turn against that person, and will cut them off from among the people because they’ve given their children to a false god, to make My Place of Worship unfit, and to bring disrespect on My Holy Name. If all the people of the land won’t see that person, when they give their children to a false god, and don’t put them to death; then I’ll turn against them, and against their family, and will cut them off from among their people, and all who follow after them, leaving the true worship of God for a false god.

[6-8] “’The person that turns to those who talk to the dead, and to the those who use witchcraft, to follow after them, leaving the true worship of God, I’ll even turn against that person, and will cut them off from among the people. So set yourselves apart, and be holy; for I Am Yahweh your God. Keep My laws, and do them. I Am Yahweh who sets you apart.

 

Prohibited Sexual Sins

[9-14] Everyone who speaks badly of their father or mother will, without a doubt, be put to death because they’ve spoken badly of their parent; they’re at fault. Whoever has sex with another’s spouse, without a doubt, they’ll both be put to death. Anyone who has sex with his father’s wife has shamed his father; without a doubt, they’ll both be put to death; they’re at fault. If someone has sex with their daughter-in-law, without a doubt, they’ll both be put to death: they’ve done wrong; they’re at fault. If a male has sex with another male, as with a woman, both of them have done wrong: they’ll, without a doubt, be put to death; they’re at fault. If someone takes a woman and her mother, it’s wrong: they’ll all be burned with fire; that there may be no wrong among you.

[15-16] If a man has sex with an animal, he’ll, without a doubt, be put to death; and the animal will be killed. If a woman goes to any animal, and has sex with it, kill the woman, and the animal; they’ll, without a doubt, be put to death; they’re at fault.

[17-21] If someone has sex with his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and sees her naked, and she sees him naked; it’s a shameful thing; and they’ll be cut off from their people; he has seen his sister naked and is at fault. If someone has sex with a woman having her monthly period, and sees her naked; and has seen her source of blood, and she has shown the source of her blood; both will be cut off from among the people. If someone has sex with their aunt; they’ve seen their close relative naked; they’ll be at fault. If someone has sex with his uncle’s wife, they’ve shamed their uncle, and will be at fault; and will die without children. If someone takes their brother’s wife, it’s wrong; they’ve shamed their brother; They won’t have children.

[22-27] Keep all My laws, and all My rules, and do them, so that the land, where I am bringing you to live, won’t vomit you out. Don’t do what the nation before you did, which I am throwing out before you. They did all these things, so I hated them. But I’ve said to you, “You’ll inherit their land, and I’ll give it to you to own it, a land full of milk and honey.” I Am Yahweh your God, who has separated you from the other peoples. So make a difference between the animals that are fit to eat and the unfit, and between the unfit birds and those that are fit to eat: and don’t make yourselves filthy by animal, bird, or anything else which runs around on the ground, which I’ve separated from you as unfit for you to eat. Be holy to Me because I, Yahweh, Am Holy, and have set you apart from the other peoples, that you should be mine. A man or a woman that talks to the dead, or uses witchcraft, will, without a doubt, be put to death: they’ll kill them with stones; they’re at fault.’”

 

Don’t Bring Disrespect on the Name of God

21[1-6] Yahweh said to Moses, “Tell the preachers, the sons of Aaron, ‘A preacher won’t make themselves unfit for those who die among the people; except for their near relatives; for a mother, father, son, daughter, brother, and sister who’s had no husband and who’s never had sex who’s near to them; for her they may make themselves unfit. Don’t let them make themselves unfit, being a leader among the people, to bring disrespect on themselves. They won’t cut their hair, nor cut off the ends of their beards, nor make any cuttings in their skin. They’ll be holy to their God, and not bring disrespect on the Name of their God; for they offer the offerings of Yahweh made by fire, the bread of their God; so they’ll be holy.

[7-15] They won’t marry a woman who’s a prostitute, or unfit; nor will they marry a woman divorced from her husband because they’re holy to God. So you’ll set them apart because they offer the bread of God. They’ll be holy to you because I, Yahweh, who sets you apart, Am Holy. If a daughter of any preacher brings disrespect on herself by acting like a prostitute, she brings disrespect on her father, so she’ll be burned with fire. Whoever is the leading preacher among them, on whose head the anointing oil is poured, and that’s been dedicated to put on the clothes, won’t let the hair of their head hang loose, nor tear their clothes in mourning; nor go in to see any dead body, nor make themselves unfit for their father or mother; nor go out of the Place of Worship, nor bring disrespect on the Place of Worship of God; for the crown of the anointing oil of God is on them. I Am Yahweh. They’ll take a wife who’s never had sex. Don’t let them marry a death survivor, a divorced woman, a woman who’s unfit, or a prostitute: but let them take a woman who’s never had sex from their own people as a wife. Don’t let them bring disrespect on their children among the people because I Am Yahweh, who sets them apart.’”

[16-24] Yahweh told Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘None of your children throughout their generations, who have a fault, may come to offer the bread of your God. Whoever has a fault, don’t let them come near, whether blind, or lame, or whoever has a scarred face, or any unusual growth, or someone who has a broken leg or hand, or hunchbacked, or a midget, or one who’s cross eyed, or has an itching disease, or scabs, or who has something wrong with his testicles; No one of the people of Aaron, the preacher, who has a fault, will come to offer the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. Since they have a fault, don’t let them come to offer the bread of God. They’ll eat the bread of God, both of the most holy, and of the holy, but don’t let them go behind the veil, nor come near the altar, because they have a fault; so that they won’t bring disrespect on My Place of Worship, for I Am Yahweh who sets them apart.’” So Moses told Aaron, and his sons, and all the people of Israel.

 

Keep God’s Laws

22[1-3] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to separate themselves from the holy things of the people of Israel, and not to bring disrespect on My Holy Name by what they dedicate to Me. I Am Yahweh. Tell them, ‘If anyone of all your children throughout your generations comes to the holy things, which the people of Israel offer to Yahweh, being unfit, that soul will be cut off from Me. I Am Yahweh.

[4-8] Don’t let any of the people of Aaron, who is a leper or has a discharge, eat of the holy things, until they’re fit. Whoever touches anything that’s made unfit by the dead, or someone whose semen goes from them; or whoever touches any rodent that makes them unfit, or touches someone else who makes them unfit, whatever unfitness they have; the person that touches any such thing won’t be fit until evening, and won’t eat of the holy things, until they take a bath. When the sun is down, they’ll be fit; and then they’ll eat of the holy things, because it’s their food. Whatever dies naturally, or is killed by animals, don’t let them eat, making themselves unfit by it. I Am Yahweh.

[9-16] So they’ll keep My law, or they’ll carry sin and die in it, if they bring disrespect on it. I Am Yahweh who sets them apart. No stranger will eat of whatever is holy, whether a foreigner living with the preachers, or a paid worker, they won’t eat anything holy. But anyone a preacher adopts, and those who are born in his family, will eat of the bread. If a preacher’s daughter is married to an outsider, she won’t eat of the offerings of the holy things. But if a preacher’s daughter is a death survivor, or divorced, and has no child, and has gone back to her father’s house, as in her youth, she may eat of her father’s bread, but no stranger will eat any of it. If someone eats something holy unknowingly, then they’ll replace it and add a fifth of what it’s worth to it, and will give the holy thing to the preacher. The preachers won’t bring disrespect on the holy things of the people of Israel, which they offer to Yahweh, and so cause them to carry the guilt of sin, when they eat their holy things because I Am Yahweh who sets apart them.’”

[17-25] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Aaron, and his sons, and all the people of Israel, ‘Whoever is of the house of Israel, or of the foreigners in Israel, who gives an offering, whether it be any of their promises, or any of their freewill offerings, which they offer to Yahweh for a burnt offering; that they may be accepted, will offer a male without anything wrong with it, of the cattle, sheep, or goats. But don’t offer whatever has a fault; it won’t be accepted by you. Whoever offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh to keep a promise, or for a freewill offering, of the herd or flock, it will be perfect and without a fault to be accepted by you. Don’t offer anything blind, crippled, hurt, having a running sore, or an itch, or a skin disease to Yahweh, nor make an offering by fire of them on the altar to Yahweh. Either a bull or a lamb that has something wrong with it, may be offered for a freewill offering; but it won’t be accepted to keep a promise. Don’t offer whatever has its testicles bruised, crushed, broken, or cut to Yahweh; nor will you do this (to your animals) in your land. Nor will you take an offering to God of any of these from a foreigner; because they’re damaged. There is a fault in them. They won’t be accepted by you.’”

[26-30] Yahweh told Moses, “When a cow, sheep, or goat is born, then it will stay with its mother for seven days; and from the eighth day on it will be accepted to give as an offering of fire to Yahweh. Don’t kill a cow or female sheep and its young both on the same day. When you make a sacrifice of thanksgiving to Yahweh, offer it in a way it will be accepted. It will be eaten in one day, leaving none of it until morning. I Am Yahweh.

[31-33] So you’ll keep My laws, and do them. I Am Yahweh. Don’t bring disrespect on My Holy Name, but I’ll be made holy among the people of Israel. I Am Yahweh, who makes you holy, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. I Am Yahweh.”

 

The Set Celebrations

23[1-3] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘The set Celebrations of Yahweh, which you’ll announce to be a sacred assembly, are My Holy Days. Work will be done for six days but the Seventh Day is a day of peaceful rest, with a sacred assembly, so you won’t do any work. It’s a Seventh Day to Yahweh in all your homes.

[4-8] These are the set Celebrations of Yahweh, a sacred assembly, which you’ll announce in their set time. On the 14th day of the 1st month in the evening, is Yahweh’s Passover Celebration. On the 15th day of the same month is the Feast of Flat Bread (Celebration of Unleavened Bread) to Yahweh. Eat flat bread for seven days. On the 1st day, have a sacred assembly. Don’t do any regular work, but bring an offering of fire to Yahweh for seven days. In the 7th day is a sacred assembly, so don’t do any regular work.’”

[9-14] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When you’ve come into the land which I give to you, and gather the harvest, then bring the first bundle (Celebration of Firstfruits) of your harvest to the preacher, who will wave the bundle before Yahweh on the day after (Sunday) the Seventh Day (Saturday), to be accepted for you. On the day when you wave the bundle, offer a year old male lamb without anything wrong with it for a burnt offering to Yahweh. The grain offering with it will be two 3 quart jars of finely ground flour mingled with oil, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh; and the drink offering with it will be a fourth of a 5 quart jar of wine. Eat no bread, roasted grain, or fresh grain, until the day you bring the offering of your God. This is a law forever throughout your generations in all your homes.

[15-22] You’ll count seven Seventh Days from the day after the Seventh Day, when you brought the bundle of the wave offering to the day after the Seventh Day, which will be fifty days (Celebration of Weeks); and you’ll offer a new grain offering to Yahweh. Bring out of your homes two loaves of bread for a wave offering made of two 3 quarts jars of finely ground flour. They’ll be baked with yeast, being the first of your grain harvest to give to Yahweh. Give with the bread seven year-old lambs, without anything wrong with them, one young bull, and two rams. They’ll be a burnt offering to Yahweh, with their grain offering, and their drink offerings, an offering of fire that smells good to Yahweh. You’ll offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two year-old male lambs for a sacrifice of peace offerings. The preacher will wave them with the bread of the first of your harvests for a wave offering to Yahweh, with the two lambs. They’ll be holy to Yahweh for the preacher. You’ll announce on the same day that there will be a sacred assembly for you, so you won’t do any regular work. This is a law forever in all your homes throughout your generations. When you gather the harvest of your land, don’t totally gather the corners of your field, nor will you gather what has fallen on the ground of your harvest. Leave it for the poor, and the foreigner. I Am Yahweh your God.’”

[23-25] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel,  ‘On the 1st day of the 7th month will be a peaceful rest to you, a Celebration of blowing Trumpets, with a sacred assembly. You won’t do any regular work; and you’ll bring an offering of fire to Yahweh.’”

[26-32] Yahweh told Moses, “But on the 10th day of the 7th month is the day for sins to be covered (Day of Atonement); it will be a sacred assembly to you, and you’ll be sorry for your sins; and bring an offering of fire to Yahweh. Don’t do any kind of work in that day because it’s for sins to be covered, to cover your sins for you before Yahweh your God. Whoever won’t keep from doing what they want to do in that day will be cut off from the people. Whoever does any kind of work in that day, I’ll destroy from among the people. Don’t do any kind of work. It’s a law forever throughout your generations in all your homes. It will be a Seventh Day of peaceful rest for you, and you won’t do whatever you want to on that day. At evening, on the 9th day of the month, from one night to the next, this Seventh Day will be kept.”

[33-36] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘On the 15th day of the 7th month is the Celebration of Shelters for seven days to Yahweh. On the first day will be a sacred assembly, so you won’t do any regular work. Seven days you’ll bring an offering of fire to Yahweh. On the eighth day will be a sacred assembly to you; and you’ll bring an offering of fire to Yahweh. It’s a peaceful assembly, so don’t do any regular work.

[37-44] These are the set Celebrations of Yahweh, which you’ll announce to be a sacred assembly, to bring an offering of fire to Yahweh, a burnt offering, and a grain offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, each on its own day; besides the Seventh Days of Yahweh, and besides your gifts, and besides all your promises, and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to Yahweh. So on the 15th day of the 7th month, when you’ve gathered in the harvests of the land, you’ll keep the celebration of Yahweh seven days: on the first day will be a peaceful rest, and on the eighth day will be a peaceful rest. On the first day you’ll take the fruit of the good trees, branches of palm trees, and branches of evergreen trees, and willows of the brook; and you’ll celebrate before Yahweh your God for seven days. You’ll make it a holiday to Yahweh seven days a year: It’s a law forever throughout your generations; you’ll keep it in the 7th month. You’ll live in shelters made of branches seven days. All who are native-born in Israel will live in shelters made of branches, so that your children may know that I made the people of Israel live in shelters made of branches, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I Am Yahweh your God.’” So Moses told the people of Israel the set Celebrations of Yahweh.

 

Don’t Disrespect the Name of God

24[1-4] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring you pure beaten olive oil for the light of the lamp to burn continually. Outside of the veil of the Law, in the Meeting Place, Aaron will keep it in order from evening to morning before Yahweh continually. It will be a law forever throughout your generations. Aaron will keep in order the lamps on the pure gold lampstand to Yahweh continually.

[5-9] Bake twelve loaves of bread out of finely ground flour, two 3 quart jars in each loaf. Set them in two rows, six in a row, on the pure gold table before Yahweh. Put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be a reminder on the bread for an offering of fire to Yahweh. Every Seventh Day, set it in order before Yahweh continually for the people of Israel for an everlasting promise. It’s for Aaron and his sons; and they’ll eat it in a holy place because it’s the most holy of all the offerings of Yahweh made by fire by law forever.”

[10-12] The son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel; and the son of the Israelite woman and an Israelite argued in the camp. The son of the Israelite woman disrespected the Name of God, and cursed, so they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. They put him under guard, until Yahweh told them what to do.

[13-23] Yahweh told Moses, “Bring out of the camp the one who cursed; and let all who heard him put their hands on his head, and let all the people kill him with stones. Tell the people of Israel, ‘Whoever curses God will be at fault. Whoever disrespects the Name of Yahweh will, without a doubt, be put to death; all the people will, without a doubt, stone them. The foreigner as well as the native-born will be put to death when they disrespect the Name of God. Whoever kills anyone will, without a doubt, be put to death. Whoever kills an animal will make it good, life for life. If anyone hurts another, it’ll be done to them as they’ve done, break for break, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as they’ve hurt someone, so will it be done to them. Whoever kills an animal will make it good; and whoever kills someone will be put to death. You’ll have one law for the foreigner as well as the native-born because I Am Yahweh your God.’” So Moses told the people of Israel; and they brought the one who had cursed out of the camp, and killed him with stones. The people of Israel did as Yahweh told Moses.

 

The Year of Jubilee

25[1-7] Yahweh said to Moses in Mount Sinai, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land will keep a Seventh Day to Yahweh. Six years you’ll plant your field, and six years you’ll work your garden, and gather what grows; but in the seventh year there will be a Seventh Day of peaceful rest for the land, a Seventh Day to Yahweh. Don’t plant your field or work your garden. Don’t gather what grows by itself in your harvest, or the grapes of your untrimmed vine. It will be a year of peaceful rest for the land. The Seventh Day of the land will be for food for you; for yourself, your male and female workers, your paid workers, and for foreigners who live with you. Everything that grows will be for food for your animals and for the animals that are in your land.

[8-12] Count off seven Seventh Days of years, seven times seven years; and there will be to you seven days of Seventh Days of years, which is forty-nine years. Then you’ll sound the loud trumpet on the 10th day of the 7th month. On the Day of Covering Sin (Day of Atonement) you’ll sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You’ll make the 50th year holy, and announce freedom throughout the land to all the people. It will be a Jubilee to you; and each of you will go back to your own land, and to your own family. That 50th  year will be a Jubilee to you. Don’t plant, nor gather what grows by itself, nor gather from the untrimmed vines in it. It’s a Jubilee, so it will be holy to you. You’ll eat what grows out of the field.

[13-17] In this Year of Jubilee each of you will go back to your own land. If you sell anything to others, or buy from others, don’t wrong one another. You’ll buy from others counting from the number of years after the Jubilee. A person will sell to you counting the number of years of the crops. By the number of years you’ll make the price more or less, because they’re selling the number of crops to you. Don’t wrong one another; but fear the judgment of your God because I Am Yahweh your God.

[18-22] So you’ll keep My laws and rules and do them; and you’ll live in the land in safety. The land will give its food, and you’ll eat your fill, and live in safety. If you say, “What will we eat the seventh year? Look, we won’t plant, nor gather in what grows;” Then I’ll send My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will make enough food for the three years. You’ll plant the eighth year, and eat its crops and what’s been stored; you’ll eat what’s been stored until the ninth year, until its crops come in.

[23-28] The land won’t be sold forever, for the land is mine; and you are strangers and live as foreigners with Me. In all the land that you own you’ll allow the land to be bought back. If your family member becomes poor, and sells what’s owned, then the next nearest kin will come and buy back whatever has been sold. If someone has no one to buy it back, and becomes wealthy and has enough to buy it back; then let them count the years since the sale of it, and give back what’s left over to the one to whom it was sold; and you’ll go back to your land. But if they aren’t able to get it back for themselves, then what they’ve sold will stay with whoever bought it until the Year of Jubilee: and in the Jubilee it will be given up, and you’ll go back to your land.

[29-31] If someone sells a house in a protected city, then you may buy back it within a whole year after it has been sold. For a full year you’ll have the right to buy it back. If it’s not bought back within the space of a full year, then a house that’s in a walled city will be sold forever to whoever bought it, throughout your generations. It won’t be given up in the Jubilee. But the houses of the towns which have no wall around them will be counted with the fields of the country. They may be bought back, and they’ll be given up in the Jubilee.

[32-34] But the cities of the Levites, the houses they own in the cities, the Levites may buy back at any time. The Levites may buy back the house they owned that was sold, and the city they owned, and it will be given up in the Jubilee. The houses of the cities of the Levites are their own among the people of Israel, but the fields of the open land of their cities won’t be sold; it’s theirs forever.

[35-43] “’If your family member has become poor, and you can’t help them keep their home; then you’ll help them as you would a stranger or a foreigner and they’ll live with you. Take no interest from them or profit, but fear the judgment of your God; that your family member may live with you. Don’t lend them your money at interest, nor give them your food for profit. I Am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. If your family member has grown poor among you, and sells themselves to you; Don’t make them work as an unpaid worker. They’ll be as a paid worker, and as a foreigner with you; They’ll serve with you until the Year of Jubilee and then go out from you, they and their children with them, and will go back to their own family, and to their own land. They’re My workers, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. They won’t be sold as workers. Don’t rule over them with cruelty, but fear the judgment of your God.

[44-46] As for your male and female workers, whom you may have; you may buy male and female workers of the nations that are around you. You may also buy the children of strangers, who live among you, and of their families, who are with you, which they’ve had in your land; and they’ll be yours. You may give them to your children after you, for their own; you may take them as your workers forever, but don’t rule over your own people, the people of Israel, with cruelty.

[47-50] If a stranger or foreigner who lives with you becomes rich, and your family member beside them becomes poor, and sells themselves to the stranger or foreigner living among you, or to a member of the stranger’s family; they may be bought back after they’re sold. One of your family members may buy them back; or anyone who’s a close relative to them of their family may buy them back; or if they’ve grown rich, they may buy themselves back. Count with whoever bought them from the year that they sold themselves to them to the Year of Jubilee; and the sale price will be by the number of years; by the time of a paid worker they’ll be with them.

[51-55] If there are still many years left, they’ll give back the sale price out of the money with which they were bought. If there are only a few years to the year of jubilee, then you’ll count them; they’ll pay back the sale priceby the years of work. As a paid worker hired yearly they’ll be with them: Don’t let them be too hard on them. If they aren’t bought back by these means, then they’ll be given up in the Year of Jubilee, they, and their children with them. The people of Israel are workers to Me; they’re My workers whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. I Am Yahweh your God.

 

Rewards and Punishments

26[1-13] Don’t make false gods for yourselves, nor raise up a false god or a carved pillar, nor place any carved stone in your land, to worship it because I Am Yahweh your God. You’ll keep My Seventh Days, and have respect for My Place of Worship. I Am Yahweh. If you keep My laws and My rules, and do them, then I’ll give you your rains in season, and the land will grow its food, and the trees of the field will grow their fruit. Your harvesting will reach to the time of grapes, and the time of grapes will reach to the planting time; and you’ll eat your bread to the full, and live in your land safely. I’ll give peace in the land, and you’ll lie down, and no one will make you afraid; and I’ll take wild animals out of the land, and no war will come through your land. You’ll chase your enemies, and they’ll fall before you in war. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand; and your enemies will fall before you in war. I’ll have respect for you, and make you have many children, and keep My promise with you. You’ll eat what’s been stored a long time, and you’ll move out the old because of the new. I’ll set My Place of Worship among you: and My soul won’t hate you. I’ll be with you, and be your God, and you’ll be My people. I Am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their workers; and I’ve made your heavy loads to fall, and made you stand up straight.

[14-21] But if you don’t listen to Me, and won’t keep all these Laws; if you reject My laws, and your soul hates My rules, so that you don’t do them, and break My promised agreement; I’ll do this to you also: I’ll put fear in your hearts, and disease and fever will take the spark out of your eyes, and make you die in sorrow; and you’ll plant your seed uselessly, and your enemies will eat it. I’ll turn against you, and you’ll be hurt by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you; and you’ll run when no one is chasing you. If in spite of these things you still won’t listen to Me, then I’ll punish you seven times more for your sins. I’ll break the pride of your strength, and I’ll make your sky burn with heat, and your soil hard like brass; and your strength will be spent uselessly; your land won’t grow its food, nor will the trees of the land make their fruit. If you go against Me, and won’t listen to Me, then I’ll bring seven times more troubles on you for your sins.

[22-28] I’ll send wild animals among you, which will rob you of your children, destroy your animals, and make you few in number; and your roads will become empty. If by these things you won’t learn from Me, but still go against Me; then I’ll go against you, too; and I’ll hurt you seven more times for your sins. I’ll bring war on you, that will punish you for breaking the promise; and you’ll be gathered together in your cities and I’ll send disease among you; and you’ll be brought into the power of the enemy. When I destroy your supply of food, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they’ll bring your bread again by weight; and you’ll eat, and still be hungry. If in spite of this, you still won’t listen to Me, but go against Me, then I’ll go against to you in great anger; and I’ll also punish you seven more times for your sins.

[29-35] You’ll eat the bodies of your own sons and daughters. I’ll destroy your places of worship, and your incense altars, and throw your dead bodies on top of your lifeless false gods; and My soul will hate you. I’ll destroy your cities, and bring your places of worship to ruin, and I won’t be happy with the good smell of your offerings. I’ll bring the land into ruin; and your enemies that live in it will be in horror of it. I’ll scatter you among the nations, and I’ll bring war on you: and your land will be a ruin, and your cities will be a waste. Then the land will enjoy its Seventh Days as long as it’s deserted and you are in your enemies’ land. Even then the land will rest and enjoy its Seventh Days. As long as it’s deserted it will have rest, even the rest which it didn’t have in your Seventh Days, when you lived on it.

[36-39] As for those who are left, I’ll send fear into your hearts in the lands of your enemies: and the sound of a falling leaf will chase you; and you’ll run as running from war; and you’ll fall when no one is chasing you. You’ll trip over one another, as if it were a war, when no one is chasing you: and you’ll have no power to stand up to your enemies. You’ll die among the nations, and in the land of your enemies. Those who are left will die in sorrow from your faults and your parents’ faults in your enemies’ lands.

[40-46] If they admit their fault, and their parents’ faults, of the wrong in which they wronged Me, and also that they went against Me, and that I also went against them, and brought them into the land of their enemies: if then their unfit heart is humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their sin; then I’ll remember My promise with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I’ll remember the land. The land also will be left by them, and will enjoy its Seventh Days while it lies deserted without them: and they’ll accept the punishment of their sin; because they rejected My rules, and their soul hated My laws. Yet for all that, when they’re in the land of their enemies, I won’t stay away from them, nor will I hate them, or destroy them completely. I won’t break My promise with them because I Am Yahweh their God; but for their sake I’ll remember the promise of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I Am Yahweh.’” These are the laws, rules and judgments, which Yahweh made with the people of Israel in Mount Sinai by Moses.

 

Values of Dedicated Things

27[1-8] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘When someone makes a promise, dedicating a person to Yahweh, the person will be valued by what you say they’re worth. What a male from twenty to sixty years old is worth, will be fifty silver coins, in the coin of the Place of Worship. If it’s a female, then her worth will be thirty silver coins. If the person is from five to twenty years old, then their worth will be for a male twenty silver coins, and for a female ten silver coins. If the person is from a month old to five years old, then their worth will be for a male five silver coins, and for a female their worth will be three silver coins. If the person is from sixty years old up; if it’s a male, then their worth will be fifteen coins, and for a female ten coins. But if they’re too poor to pay they’re worth, then they’ll be set before the preacher, and the preacher will set their worth. By the ability of whoever made the promise, the preacher will set their worth.

[9-13] “’If it’s an animal that’s brought for an offering to Yahweh, all that anyone gives of such to Yahweh becomes holy. Don’t switch it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good; and if you change animal for animal at all, then both it and that for which it’s changed will be holy. If it’s any unfit animal, of which they don’t give as an offering to Yahweh, then you’ll set the animal before the preacher; and the preacher will set its worth, whether it’s good or bad. I’ll be what the preacher sets as its worth. But if you want to buy it back, then you’ll add a fifth of what it’s worth.

[14-15] When someone dedicates a house to be holy to Yahweh, then the preacher will decide what it’s worth, whether it’s good or bad; as the preacher decides what it’s worth, so will it stand. If whoever dedicates it wants to buy it back, then you’ll add a fifth of what it’s worth to it, and it will be theirs.

[16-25] If someone dedicates to Yahweh part of the field they own, then its worth will be by the seed that’s planted in it: the planting of 6 bushels of barley will be valued at fifty silver coins. If they dedicate a field from the Year of Jubilee, by its worth it will stand. But if they dedicate a field after the Jubilee, then the preacher will count its worth by the years that are left to the Year of Jubilee; and it’ll be taken from its worth. If whoever dedicated the field wants to buy it back, then a fifth of what it’s worth will be added to it, and it’ll be theirs. If they don’t buy back the field, or if they’ve sold the field to someone else, it won’t be bought back again; but the field, when it goes out in the Jubilee, will be holy to Yahweh, as a field dedicated; it’ll be owned by the preachers. If they dedicate to Yahweh a field which they’ve bought, which isn’t what was already owned, then the preacher will count its worth up to the Year of Jubilee; and they’ll give its worth on that day, as a holy thing to Yahweh. In the Year of Jubilee the field will go back to the one from whom it was bought, to the one to whom the land belongs. Its worth will be by the coin of the Place of Worship: twenty nickels to the dollar.

[26-29] No one may dedicate a firstborn animal, which is offered as a firstborn to Yahweh, whether a bull or sheep, because it’s already Yahweh’s. If it’s an unfit animal, then they’ll buy it back by its worth, and will add a fifth of what it’s worth to it; or if it isn’t bought back, then it’ll be sold by its worth. Even so, nothing that someone dedicates to Yahweh of all that they have, whether human or animal, or of the field they own, will be sold or bought back because every dedicated thing is most holy to Yahweh. No one promised, who is dedicated from among human beings, will be bought back; they’ll, without a doubt, be put to death.

[30-34] A tenth of all the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is Yahweh’s. It’s holy to Yahweh. If someone buy backs anything they give, they’ll add a fifth of what it’s worth to it. A tenth of all the herds or flocks, whatever passes under the counting stick, will be holy to Yahweh. Don’t look at whether it’s good or bad, nor will you change it; and if you change it at all, then both it and that for which it’s changed will be holy. It won’t be bought back.’” These are the Laws which Yahweh told Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.

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