Leviticus 22
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1The LORD spoke to Moses, 2"Tell Aaron and his sons that they must respect the holy offerings which the Israelites set apart for me. In this way they will not dishonor my holy name. I am the LORD. 3"Tell them: In future generations if any of your descendants, while unclean, comes near the holy offerings the Israelites set apart for the LORD, that person must be excluded from my presence. I am the LORD. 4"No descendant of Aaron who has a skin disease or a discharge may eat any of the holy offerings until he is clean. Any person who has an emission of semen or touches a dead body, 5an unclean swarming creature, or an unclean person

6will be unclean until evening. He must not eat any of the holy offerings unless he has washed himself. 7When the sun has set, he will be clean. Then he may eat the holy offerings because they are his food. 8He must never eat the meat of an animal that dies naturally or is killed by wild animals. It will make him unclean. I am the LORD. 9The priests must do what I order, or their sin will bring them death because they dishonored a holy offering. I am the LORD, who sets them apart as holy.

10"Laypeople must never eat any holy offering, even if they are visiting a priest or are working for him. 11But if a priest buys a slave, the slave and anyone born in his household may eat the priest's food. 12However, if a priest's daughter marries a layman, she must never eat the food taken from the holy contributions. 13If a priest's daughter is widowed or divorced, doesn't have any children, and comes back to live in her father's home, she may eat her father's food. But a layperson must never eat it. 14"Those who eat a holy offering by mistake must give another holy offering to the priest and add one-fifth more to it. 15Priests must not dishonor the holy offerings that the Israelites contribute to the LORD. 16They must make those people pay the penalty for their guilt because they have eaten the priests' holy offerings. I am the LORD, who sets them apart as holy."

17The LORD spoke to Moses, 18"Tell Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites: Israelites or foreigners may bring burnt offerings to the LORD for anything they vowed or as freewill offerings. 19The offering must be a male that has no defects from your cattle, sheep, or goats in order to be accepted. 20Never bring any animal with a physical defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. 21A person may bring the LORD a fellowship offering to fulfill a vow or for a freewill offering. Whether it is from the cattle, sheep, or goats, it must be an animal that has no defects in order to be accepted. It must never be an animal that has defects. 22Never bring the LORD an animal that is blind, has broken bones, cuts, warts, scabs, or ringworm. Never give the LORD any of these in a sacrifice by fire on the altar. 23You may use a bull or a sheep with a deformity or one that is stunted in growth as a freewill offering. However, it will not be accepted for a vow. 24Never bring the LORD an animal that has bruised, crushed, torn out, or cut out testicles. Never do any of these things to an animal in your land. 25Never bring any kind of castrated animal received from a foreigner as a food offering for your God. A castrated animal will not be accepted on your behalf because castration is a physical defect."

26The LORD spoke to Moses, 27"When a calf, a lamb, or a goat is born, it must stay with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on it may be accepted as a sacrifice by fire to the LORD. 28Never slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young the same day. 29"When you sacrifice a thank offering to the LORD, do it in the proper way. 30Eat it the same day. Never leave any of it until morning. I am the LORD. 31"Carefully obey my commands. I am the LORD.

32Never dishonor my holy name. I will show my holiness among the Israelites. I am the LORD, who sets you apart as holy. 33I brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD."

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