NASB — Leviticus 22 — KJV

Sundry Rules for Priests

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell Aaron and his sons to be careful with the holy [gifts] of the sons of Israel, which they dedicate to Me, so as not to profane My holy name; I am the LORD. 3 Say to them, ‘aIf any man among all your Idescendants throughout your generations approaches the holy [gifts] which the sons of Israel dedicate to the LORD, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from before Me; I am the LORD. 4 aNo man of the Idescendants of Aaron, who is a leper or who has a discharge, may eat of the holy [gifts] until he is clean. bAnd if one touches anything made unclean by a corpse or if ca man has a seminal emission, 5 or aif a man touches any teeming things by which he is made unclean, or any man by whom he is made unclean, whatever his uncleanness; 6 a Iperson who touches any such shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat of the holy [gifts] unless he has bathed his IIbody in water. 7 But when the sun sets, he will be clean, and afterward he shall eat of the holy [gifts], for ait is his Ifood. 8 He shall not eat a[an animal] which dies or is torn [by beasts], becoming unclean by it; I am the LORD. 9 They shall therefore keep aMy charge, so that bthey will not bear sin because of it and die thereby because they profane it; I am the LORD who sanctifies them.

[3] ILit seed aLv 7:20, 21; Nu 19:13
[4] ILit seed aLv 14:1-32 bLv 11:24-28, 39, 40 cLv 15:16, 17
[5] aLv 11:23-28
[6] ILit soul IILit flesh
[7] ILit bread aNu 18:11
[8] aLv 7:24; 11:39, 40; 17:15
[9] aLv 18:30 bEx 28:43; Lv 22:16; Nu 18:22

10 ¶ ‘aNo Ilayman, however, is to eat the holy [gift]; a sojourner with the priest or a hired man shall not eat of the holy [gift]. 11 aBut if a priest buys a Islave as [his] property with his money, IIthat one may eat of it, and those who are born in his house may eat of his IIIfood. 12 If a priest’s daughter is married to a Ilayman, she shall not eat of the IIoffering of the [gifts]. 13 But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or divorced, and has no child and returns to her father’s house as in her youth, she shall eat of her father’s Ifood; abut no IIlayman shall eat of it. 14 aBut if a man eats a holy [gift] unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it and shall give the holy [gift] to the priest. 15 aThey shall not profane the holy [gifts] of the sons of Israel which they offer to the LORD, 16 and [so] cause them ato bear Ipunishment for guilt by eating their holy [gifts]; for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

[10] ILit stranger aEx 29:33; Lv 22:13; Nu 3:10
[11] ILit soul IILit he may IIILit bread aGn 17:13; Ex 12:44
[12] ILit stranger IILit heave offering
[13] ILit bread IILit stranger aLv 22:10
[14] aLv 5:15, 16
[15] aNu 18:32
[16] IOr iniquity requiring a guilt offering aLv 10:17; 22:9

Flawless Animals for Sacrifice

17 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘aAny man of the house of Israel or of the aliens in Israel who presents his offering, whether it is any of their Ivotive or any of their freewill offerings, which they present to the LORD for a burnt offering19 afor you to be accepted—[it must be] a male without defect from the cattle, the sheep, or the goats. 20 aWhatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you. 21 When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD ato Ifulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it. 22 Those [that are] blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the LORD. 23 In respect to an ox or a lamb which has an Iovergrown or stunted [member], you may present it for a freewill offering, but for a vow it will not be accepted. 24 Also aanything [with its testicles] bruised or crushed or torn or cut, you shall not offer to the LORD, or Isacrifice in your land, 25 nor shall you accept any such from the hand of a foreigner for offering aas the Ifood of your God; for their corruption is in them, they have a defect, they shall not be accepted for you.’”

[18] ILit vows aNu 15:14
[19] aLv 21:18-21; Dt 15:21
[20] aDt 15:21; 17:1; Mal 1:8, 14; He 9:14; 1P 1:19
[21] IOr make a special votive offering aNu 15:3, 8
[23] IOr a deformed
[24] ILit do aLv 21:20
[25] ILit bread aLv 21:22

26 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 27 “When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall Iremain aseven days IIwith its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be accepted as a sacrifice of an offering by fire to the LORD. 28 aBut, [whether] it is an ox or a sheep, you shall not kill [both] it and its young in one day. 29 When you sacrifice aa sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. 30 It shall be eaten on the same day, you shall leave none of it until morning; I am the LORD. 31 aSo you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am the LORD.

[27] ILit be IILit under aEx 22:30
[28] aDt 22:6, 7
[29] aLv 7:12
[31] aLv 19:37; Nu 15:40; Dt 4:40

32 ¶ “You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you, 33 awho brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the LORD.”

[33] aLv 11:45


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The priests in their uncleanness must abstain from the holy things.

1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name [in those things] which they hallow unto me: I [am] the LORD. 3 Say unto them, Whosoever [he be] of all your seed among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from my presence: I [am] the LORD. 4 What man soever of the seed of Aaron [is] a leper, or hath a running issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he be clean. And whoso toucheth any thing [that is] unclean [by] the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him; 5 Or whosoever toucheth any creeping thing, whereby he may be made unclean, or a man of whom he may take uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath;

[2] Ex 13:12; 28:38; Lv 15:31; 18:21; 19:12; 20:3; 21:6; 22:3, 32; Nu 6:3; 18:32; Dt 15:19.
[3] Ex 33:14; Lv 7:20; Ps 16:11; 51:11; Mt 25:41; 2Th 1:9.
[4] Lv 2:3, 10; 6:25; 13:2, 44; 14:2; 15:2, 13, 16; 21:1, 22; Nu 18:9, 19; 19:11.
[5] Lv 11:24, 43; 15:7, 19.

How they shall be cleansed.

6 The soul which hath touched any such shall be unclean until even, and shall not eat of the holy things, unless he wash his flesh with water. 7 And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it [is] his food. 8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn [with beasts], he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I [am] the LORD. 9 They shall therefore keep mine ordinance, lest they bear sin for it, and die therefore, if they profane it: I the LORD do sanctify them.

[6] Lv 11:24; 15:5; 16:24; Nu 19:7; Hg 2:13; 1Co 6:11; He 10:22.
[7] Lv 21:22; Nu 18:11; Dt 18:3; 1Co 9:4, 13.
[8] Ex 22:31; Lv 17:15; Dt 14:21; Ezk 44:31.
[9] Ex 28:43; Lv 10:1; 16:2; Nu 18:22, 32.

Who of the priest's house may eat of the holy things.

10 There shall no stranger eat [of] the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat [of] the holy thing. 11 But if the priest buy [any] soul with his money, he shall eat of it, and he that is born in his house: they shall eat of his meat. 12 If the priest's daughter also be [married] unto a stranger, she may not eat of an offering of the holy things. 13 But if the priest's daughter be a widow, or divorced, and have no child, and is returned unto her father's house, as in her youth, she shall eat of her father's meat: but there shall no stranger eat thereof.

[10] 1S 21:6; Mt 12:4.
[11] Gn 17:13; Nu 18:11.
[12] Lv 21:3; Is 40:13.
[13] Gn 38:11; Lv 10:14; Nu 18:11.

14 ¶ And if a man eat [of] the holy thing unwittingly, then he shall put the fifth [part] thereof unto it, and shall give [it] unto the priest with the holy thing. 15 And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the LORD; 16 Or suffer them to bear the iniquity of trespass, when they eat their holy things: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

[14] Lv 5:15; 27:13, 15.
[15] Lv 19:8; 22:9; Nu 18:32; Ezk 22:26.
[16] Lv 7:18; 20:8; 22:9; Ps 38:4; Is 53:11; 1P 2:24.

The sacrifices must be without blemish.

17 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18 Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whatsoever [he be] of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his oblation for all his vows, and for all his freewill offerings, which they will offer unto the LORD for a burnt offering; 19 [Ye shall offer] at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats. 20 [But] whatsoever hath a blemish, [that] shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you. 21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish [his] vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein. 22 Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD. 23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted. 24 Ye shall not offer unto the LORD that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut; neither shall ye make [any offering thereof] in your land. 25 Neither from a stranger's hand shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these; because their corruption [is] in them, [and] blemishes [be] in them: they shall not be accepted for you.

[18] Lv 1:2, 10; 7:16; 17:10, 13; 23:38; Nu 15:3, 14; Dt 12:6, 17; 16:10; Ps 22:25; 56:12; 61:5, 8; 65:1; 66:13; 116:14, 18; Ec 5:4; Jna 1:16; 2:9; Na 1:15; Ac 18:18.
[19] Ex 12:5; Lv 1:3, 10; 4:32; Mt 27:4, 19, 24, 54; Lk 23:14, 41, 47; Jn 19:4; 2Co 5:21; Ep 5:27; He 9:14; 1P 1:19; 2:22; 3:18.
[20] Lv 22:25; Dt 15:21; 17:1; Mal 1:8, 13.
[21] Gn 28:20; 35:1; Lv 3:1, 6; 7:11; Nu 15:3, 8; Dt 23:21; Ps 50:14; Pv 7:14; Ec 5:4.
[22] Lv 1:9, 13; 3:3, 5; 21:18; 22:20; Mal 1:8.
[23] Lv 21:18.
[24] Lv 22:20; Dt 23:1.
[25] Lv 21:6, 8, 21; Nu 15:14; 16:40; Ezr 6:8; Mal 1:7, 12; Ep 2:12; 1Jn 5:18.

The age of the sacrifice.

26 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 27 When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28 And [whether it be] cow or ewe, ye shall not kill it and her young both in one day.

[27] Ex 22:30; Lv 12:2; 19:23; 22:25.
[28] Ex 23:19; 34:26; Dt 14:21; 22:6.

The law of eating the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

29 And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer [it] at your own will. 30 On the same day it shall be eaten up; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow: I [am] the LORD. 31 Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I [am] the LORD. 32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I [am] the LORD which hallow you, 33 That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I [am] the LORD.

[29] Lv 7:12; Ps 107:22; 116:17; Ho 14:2; Am 4:5; He 13:15; 1P 2:5.
[30] Ex 16:19; Lv 7:15; 19:7.
[31] Lv 18:4; 19:37; Nu 15:40; Dt 4:40; 1Th 4:1.
[32] Ex 19:5; Lv 10:3; 18:21; 20:8; 21:8, 15; 22:2, 16; Is 5:16; Mt 6:9; Lk 11:2; Jn 17:17; 1Co 1:2.
[33] Ex 6:7; 20:2; Lv 11:45; 19:36; 25:38; Nu 15:41.


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