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Regulations for Offering Votive and Freewill Offerings

22:17 The Lord spoke to Moses: 22:18 “Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites and tell them, ‘When any man37 from the house of Israel or from the foreigners in Israel38 presents his offering for any of the votive or freewill offerings which they present to the Lord as a burnt offering, 22:19 if it is to be acceptable for your benefit39 it must be a flawless male from the cattle, sheep, or goats. 22:20 You must not present anything that has a flaw,40 because it will not be acceptable for your benefit.41 22:21 If a man presents a peace offering sacrifice to the Lord for a special votive offering42 or for a freewill offering from the herd or the flock, it must be flawless to be acceptable;43 it must have no flaw.44

22:22 “ ‘You must not present to the Lord something blind, or with a broken bone, or mutilated, or with a running sore,45 or with a festering eruption, or with a feverish rash.46 You must not give any of these as a gift47 on the altar to the Lord. 22:23 As for an ox48 or a sheep with a limb too long or stunted,49 you may present it as a freewill offering, but it will not be acceptable for a votive offering.50 22:24 You must not present to the Lord something with testicles that are bruised, crushed, torn, or cut off;51 you must not do this in your land. 22:25 Even from a foreigner52 you must not present the food of your God from such animals as these, for they are ruined and flawed;53 they will not be acceptable for your benefit.’ ”

22:26 The Lord spoke to Moses: 22:27 “When an ox, lamb, or goat is born, it must be under the care of54 its mother seven days, but from the eighth day onward it will be acceptable as an offering gift55 to the Lord. 22:28 You must not slaughter an ox or a sheep and its young56 on the same day.57 22:29 When you sacrifice a thanksgiving offering to the Lord, you must sacrifice it so that it is acceptable for your benefit.58 22:30 On that very day59 it must be eaten; you must not leave any part of it60 over until morning. I am the Lord.

22:31 “You must be sure to do my commandments.61 I am the Lord. 22:32 You must not profane my holy name, and I will be sanctified in the midst of the Israelites. I am the Lord who sanctifies you, 22:33 the one who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God.62 I am the Lord.”


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