Leviticus 17:1–7

Blood for Atonement

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

2 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord has commanded, saying,

3 “Any man from the house of Israel who slaughters an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp,

4 and ahas not brought it to the doorway of the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the Lord before the 1tabernacle of the Lord, bloodguiltiness is to be reckoned to that man. He has shed blood and that man shall be cut off from among his people.

5 1The reason is so that the sons of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing in the open field, that they may bring them in to the Lord, at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the Lord.

6 “The priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and aoffer up the fat in smoke as a soothing aroma to the Lord.

7 aThey shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the 1goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations.” ’

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