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Rules for Burnt Offerings

1 The Lord called out to Moses. He spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting. He said, 2“Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, ‘Suppose any one of you brings an offering to the Lord. You must bring an animal from your herd or flock.

3“ ‘If a man brings a burnt offering from the herd, he must offer a male animal. It must not have any flaws. He must bring it to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Then the Lord will accept it.

4“ ‘The man must place his hand on the head of the burnt offering. Then the Lord will accept it in place of him. It will pay for his sin. 5The young bull must be killed there in the sight of the Lord.

“ ‘Then the priests who are in Aaron’s family line must bring its blood to the altar. They must sprinkle it against every side of the altar. The altar stands at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

6“ ‘The skin must be removed from the animal that is brought for the burnt offering. Then the animal must be cut into pieces.

7“ ‘The priests who are in Aaron’s family line must build a fire on the altar. They must place wood on the fire. 8Then they must place the pieces of the animal on the burning wood on the altar. The pieces include the head and the fat.

9“ ‘The inside parts of the animal must be washed with water. The legs must also be washed. The priest must burn all of it on the altar.

“ ‘It is a burnt offering. It is an offering that is made with fire. It gives a smell that is pleasant to the Lord.

10“ ‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, it must be a male animal. It can be a sheep or a goat. It must not have any flaws.

11“ ‘It must be killed at the north side of the altar in the sight of the Lord. The priests who are in Aaron’s family line must sprinkle its blood against every side of the altar.

12“ ‘The animal must be cut into pieces. The priest must place them on the burning wood on the altar. The pieces include the head and the fat.

13“ ‘The inside parts must be washed with water. The legs must also be washed. The priest must bring all of it to the altar. He must burn it there.

“ ‘It is a burnt offering. It is an offering that is made with fire. It gives a smell that is pleasant to the Lord.

14“ ‘If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, it must be a dove or a young pigeon.

15“ ‘The priest must bring it to the altar. He must twist its head off. Then he must burn the rest of the bird on the altar. Its blood must be emptied out on the side of the altar.

16“ ‘The priest must remove the small bag inside the bird’s throat. He must also remove what is in the bag. Then he must throw all of it to the east side of the altar. That is where the ashes are. 17He must take hold of the wings of the bird and tear it open. But he must not tear it in two. Then the priest will burn it on the wood that is on the fire on the altar.

“ ‘It is a burnt offering. It is an offering that is made with fire. It gives a smell that is pleasant to the Lord.

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