Leviticus 22

More rules for priests
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22:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

22:2 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.

22:3 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.

God said to Moses,
Say this to Aaron and his sons,

Stay away from holy things while you have your uncleanness upon you.

(Or you'll be cut offf from my presence.)

I am the Lord.

22:4 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;

22:5 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;

22:6 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.

If a son of Aaron

is a leper,

has a running issue,

has touched an unclean dead thing,

has touched a man whose seed has gone from him,

or has touched a creeping thing,

he is unclean until the evening and shall not eat the holy things until he washes his flesh with water.

22:7 And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it is his food.

But after the sun has gone down, he is clean and can eat the holy things. (Because it is his food.)

22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith; I am the LORD.

22:9 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.

A priest may not eat an animal that dies of natural causes or is torn by beasts. (That would defile him.)

I am the Lord.

22:10 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.

No stranger or hired servant shall eat holy things.

22:11 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.

But if a priest buys a slave [1], the slave shall eat the holy things.

22:12 If the priest's daughter also be married unto a stranger, she may not eat of an offering of the holy things.

If a priest's daughter is married to a stranger, she may not eat the holy things.

22:13 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 be no stranger eat thereof.

But if a priest's daughter is widowed, divorced, has no child, has returned to her father's house, or is young, she may eat her father's meat.

But no stranger shall eat it.

22:14 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.

22:15 And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the LORD;

22:16 Or suffer them to bear the iniquity of trespass, when they eat their holy things: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

If a man eats the holy things unwittingly, he must restore it to the priest, plus 20 percent.

22:17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

22:18 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;

22:19 Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats.

God said to Moses,
Say this to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites,

Willfully offer to me an unblemished male of the cows, sheep, or goats.

22:20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

But don't offer me any animal with a blemish. [2]

22:21 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.

It must be perfect, with no blemish of any kind.

22:22 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.

Don't offer me any blind, broken, maimed, diseased, or scabbed animals.

22:23 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.

I will not accept a bullock or lamb that has anything superfluous or lacking in parts.

22:24 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.

Don't offer me animals that have been bruised, crushed, broken, or cut.

22:25 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.

22:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

And don't offer me any animals that you've obtained from strangers.

Their animals are all filled with corruption and blemishes. I won't accept them.

22:27 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.

Animals that you sacrifice as burnt offerings to me must be at least eight days old.

22:28 And whether it be cow, or ewe, ye shall not kill it and her young both in one day.

And don't sacrifice a mother cow or sheep and her young on the same day.

22:29 And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will.

When you sacrifice an animal to me, you should do so willingly.

22:30 On the same day it shall be eaten up; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow: I am the LORD.

Eat it on the same day as you sacrifice it. Don't leave any until the next day.

I am the Lord.

22:31 Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.

Keep my commandments and do them.

I am the Lord.

22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,

22:33 That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.

Don't profane my holy name. I am the Lord.

I brought you out of Egypt so I could be your God.

I am the Lord.