Sunday, December 17

Leviticus 16-20

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Leviticus

Chapters 16-20

     16[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they came to Yahweh, and died, “Tell Aaron your brother, not to come at any time into the Most Holy Place behind the veil, before the Seat of Forgiveness which is on the ark or he’ll die when he sees Me in the cloud on the Seat of Forgiveness. Aaron will come into the place of worship with a young bull for a sin offering, and a male goat for a burnt offering. He’ll put on the holy linen coat, the linen underwear, the linen belt, and the linen hat. They’re the holy clothes. He’ll take a bath, and put them on. He’ll take from the people of the children of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one male goat for a burnt offering.

      [6-10] Aaron will offer the bull of the sin offering, which is for the priests, and cover the sins of himself and his family. He’ll take the two goats, and set them before Yahweh at the door of the Meeting Place. Aaron will use the Judgment Stones to choose between the two goats; one for Yahweh, and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron will present the goat which was chosen for Yahweh, and offer it for a sin offering. But the goat, which was chosen for the scapegoat, will be brought alive to Yahweh, to cover sins, to be sent away into the countryside.

     [11-16] Aaron will present the bull of the sin offering, which is for the priests, and will cover the sins of himself and his family, and will kill the bull of the sin offering which is for himself. Have him take a fire pan full of coals of fire from off the altar of Yahweh, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it behind the veil. Have him put the incense on the fire before Yahweh that the smoke of the incense may cover the Seat of Forgiveness that’s on the Box of the Law, so that they don’t die. Have him take some of the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it with a finger on the east side of Seat of Forgiveness; and sprinkle some of the blood in front of the Seat of Forgiveness with a finger seven times. Then have him kill the goat of the sin offering, that’s for the people, and bring the blood behind the veil, and do with it as with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the east side of Seat of Forgiveness, and in front of the Seat of Forgiveness and their sins will be covered for the Holy Place, because of the children of Israel being unfit, and because of their disobedience, and all their sins; and do this also for the Meeting Place, that is with this unfit people.

     [17-19] There will be no one in the Meeting Place when he enters to cover sins in the Holy Place, until he comes out, and has made sins will be covered for himself and his family, and for all the people of Israel. Have him go out to the altar that’s before Yahweh and make it fit, and take some of the bull’s blood, and some of the goat’s blood, and put it on the horns of the altar all around. Have him sprinkle some of the blood on it with a finger seven times, and cleanse it, and make it holy from the children of Israel being unfit.

     [20-22] When he has finished making the Holy Place, the Meeting Place, and the altar fit, he’ll present the live goat. Aaron will put both his hands on the head of the live goat, and admit all the faults over it of the children of Israel, all their disobedience, and all their sins; and put them on the head of the goat, and will send it away into the countryside by someone who’s waiting for it. The goat will carry all their faults on its self to a place where no one lives, and it will be let go in the countryside.

     [23-28] Aaron will come into the Meeting Place, and take off the linen clothes, which he put on when he went into the Holy Place, and leave them there. Then he’ll take a bath in a holy place, and put on his clothes, and come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, and cover the sins of himself and the people. The fat of the sin offering he’ll burn on the altar. Whoever lets the goat go for the scapegoat will wash their clothes, and take a bath in water, and will come back into the camp. The bull for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to cover the sins in the Holy Place, will be carried outside the camp; and they’ll burn their skins, meat, and wastes with fire. Whoever burns them will wash their clothes, and take a bath in water, and will come back into the camp.

     [29-34] It will be a law to you forever: on the tenth day of the seventh month, you’ll be sorry for your sins, and do no kind of work, either the native-born, or the foreigner who lives among you. On that day your sins will be covered for you, to cleanse you from all your sins, so you’ll be clean before Yahweh. It’s a Seventh Day of peaceful rest to you, and you’ll be sorry for your sins; It’s a law forever. The priest, who’s anointed and dedicated to be priest in his father’s place, will cover the sins, and put on the holy linen clothes. Then they’ll cover the sins for the Holy Sanctuary, the Meeting Place, the altar; the priests and all the people of Israel. This will be a law forever to you, to cover the sins for the children of Israel once a year because of all their sins.” It was done as Yahweh told Moses.

     17[1-9] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Aaron, and his sons, and all the children of Israel, ‘This is what Yahweh has said, Whoever of the house of Israel, who kills a bull, lamb, or goat, in the camp, or outside it, and hasn’t brought it to the door of the Meeting Place, to give an offering to Yahweh at the tent of Yahweh: that person will be guilty of it’s blood. They’ve shed blood; and they’ll be cut off from among the people. This is so that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they sacrifice in the open field, to Yahweh, to the door of the Meeting Place, to the priest, and make sacrifices of peace offerings to Yahweh. The priest will sprinkle the blood on the altar of Yahweh at the door of the Meeting Place, and burn the fat for an offering that smells good to Yahweh. They won’t make their sacrifices to the false gods of goats, which they follow after, leaving the true worship of God. This will be a law forever to them throughout their generations.’ You’ll say to them, ‘Anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, and doesn’t bring it to the door of the Meeting Place, to sacrifice it to Yahweh; will be cut off from the people.’

     [10-16] Anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners among them, who eats any kind of blood, I’ll turn against, and will cut them off from among the people. For the life of the body is in the blood; and I’ve given it to you on the altar to cover your sins for your souls because it’s the life in the blood that covers your sins. So, I’ve said to the children of Israel, ‘No one among you will eat blood, nor will any stranger who lives as a foreigner among you.’ Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners among them, who goes hunting for any animal or bird that may be eaten, will pour out its blood, and cover it with dust. The blood gives life to all bodies, so I said to the children of Israel, ‘Don’t eat the blood of any kind of meat; for the blood gives life to all bodies. Whoever eats it will be cut off.’ Everyone that eats what dies by itself, or whatever is killed by animals, whether they’re native-born or a foreigner, will wash their clothes, and take a bath, and won’t be clean until evening. But if they don’t wash them, or take a bath, then they’ll be at fault.’”

     18[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the children of Israel, ‘I am Yahweh your God. Don’t do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived: and don’t do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you; nor will you obey their laws. You’ll obey My rules, and you’ll keep My laws, and do them: I am Yahweh your God. So keep My laws and My rules; which if anyone does, will live: I am Yahweh.

     [6-20] Don’t try to have sex with anyone who’s your close relative: I am Yahweh. Don’t have sex with your father, nor with your mother because they’re your parents. Don’t have sex with them. Don’t have sex with your father’s wife: She’s your step mother. Don’t have sex with your sister, who is the daughter of your father or mother, whether born at home, or somewhere else. Don’t have sex with your granddaughter, because she’s your own kin. Don’t have sex with your half sister, by your father, since she’s your sister. Don’t have sex with your aunt because she’s your near kin. Don’t have sex with your uncle’s wife because she’s your aunt. Don’t have sex with your daughter-in-law because she’s your son’s wife. Don’t have sex with your sister-in-law, because she’s your near kin. Don’t have sex with both a woman and her daughter or her granddaughter, because she’s your near kin: It’s wrong. Don’t take a woman’s sister as a wife, to trouble her, to have sex with her, while the other is still alive. Don’t have sex with a woman as long as she’s unfit while on her period. Don’t have sex with someone else’s wife, and make yourself unfit with her.

     [21-30] Don’t burn any of your children in fire as a sacrifice to a false god; nor will you bring disrespect on the name of your God: I am Yahweh. Don’t have sex with a male, as you would with a woman. That’s wrong. Don’t have sex with any animal to make yourself unfit with it; nor will any woman give herself to an animal, to have sex with it: It’s wrong. Don’t make yourselves unfit in any of these things because the nations which I am throwing out before you were made unfit by doing these kinds of things. The land was made unfit, so I punished their faults, and the land vomited out its people. So keep My laws and My rules, and don’t do any of these wrongs; not the native-born, or the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you; (because the people of the land that were before you have done all these wrongs, and the land was made unfit); so that the land not vomit you out also, when you make it unfit, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. Whoever does any of these things that are wrong will be cut off from among their people. So keep My orders, that you don’t do any of these filthy practices, which were done before you, and that you don’t make yourselves unfit with them: I am Yahweh your God.’”

     19[1-4] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell all the people of the children of Israel, ‘Be holy; for I Yahweh your God am holy. Respect your parents. Keep My Seventh Days. I am Yahweh your God. Don’t turn to false gods, nor make metal gods for yourselves. I am Yahweh your God.

      [5-8] When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh, offer it so that you may be accepted. It will be eaten the day you offer it, and the next day, and if anything is left on the third day, it will be burned with fire. If it’s eaten at all on the third day, it’s wrong. It won’t be accepted; but everyone who eats it will be at fault, because they have brought disrespect on the holy thing of Yahweh, and they’ll be cut off from the people.

     [9-10] When you gather the harvest of your land, don’t totally gather the corners of your field, nor will you gather what has fallen on the ground of your harvest. Don’t gather all the grapes of your garden, nor will you gather what has fallen of your garden. Leave what has fallen for the poor and for the foreigner. I am Yahweh your God.

     [11-14] Don’t steal; nor deal falsely or lie to one another. Don’t swear by My name falsely, and bring disrespect on the name of your God. I am Yahweh. Don’t abuse others, nor rob them. Pay hired workers the day they do the work, don’t wait to pay them till morning. Don’t curse the deaf, nor put something in the way of the blind to make them fall; but fear the judgment of your God. I am Yahweh.

     [15-19] Be fair in judgment. Don’t think about who is poor, or how great someone is; but judge others rightly. Don’t go around telling lies to others; nor tell a lie to take the life of others. I am Yahweh. Don’t hate anyone in your heart. Correct others, and don’t put up with sin because of them. Don’t get revenge on someone who has done you wrong, nor hold on to hard feelings against your people; but love others as you love yourself. I am Yahweh. Keep My laws. Don’t crossbreed different kinds of animals. Don’t plant your field with mixed seed; nor wear clothes made with mixed materials.

     [20-22] If someone has sex with a female servant, who is promised to be married to another man, and not bought back, or given her freedom; they’ll be punished. They won’t be put to death, because she wasn’t free. He’ll bring a male goat for a guilt offering to Yahweh, to the door of the Meeting Place. The priest will cover his sin with the male goat of the guilt offering to Yahweh for the sin which was done: and what was done will be forgiven.

     [23-25] When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you’ll count their fruit as unfit for three years. It won’t be eaten. But in the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for giving praise to Yahweh. In the fifth year you’ll eat its fruit. Do this, so that you’ll be blessed with its fruit. I am Yahweh your God.    

     [26-29] Don’t eat any meat with the blood still in it; nor will you use witchcraft, nor fortune telling. Don’t cut the hair on the sides of your heads, nor will you cut off the ends of your beard. Don’t carve your skin to remember the dead, nor print any tattoos on you. I am Yahweh. Don’t shame your daughter by making her a prostitute; or the land will be filled with prostitution, and become full of wrong.

     [30-31] Keep My Seventh Days, and respect My place of worship; I am Yahweh. Don’t go looking for answers to those who talk to the dead, do fortune telling, or use witchcraft. Don’t seek them out, and be made unfit by them. I am Yahweh your God.

     [32-34] Rise up and honor the presence of an old person, and fear the judgment of your God. I am Yahweh. If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you in your land, don’t do them wrong. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you will be to you as the native-born among you, and you’ll love them as yourself because you once lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.

     [35-37] Be fair in judgment, in measures of length, of weight, or of quantity. Have equal scales, equal weights, an equal 3-quart jar, and an equal 5 quart jar. I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Keep all My laws, and all My rules, and do them. I am Yahweh.’”

     20[1-5] Yahweh told Moses, “Also, tell the children of Israel, ‘Anyone of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners in Israel, who gives any of their children to a false god; will without a doubt be put to death. The people of the land will kill them with stones. I, too, will turn against that person, and will cut them off from among the people because they’ve given their children to a false god, to make My place of worship unfit, and to bring disrespect on My holy name. If all the people of the land won’t see that person, when they give their children to a false god, and don’t put them to death; then I’ll turn against them, and against their family, and will cut them off from among their people, and all who follow after them, leaving the true worship of God for a false god.

     [6-8] “’The person that turns to those who talk to the dead, and to the those who use witchcraft, to follow after them, leaving the true worship of God, I’ll even turn against that person, and will cut them off from among the people. So set yourselves apart, and be holy; for I am Yahweh your God. Keep My laws, and do them. I am Yahweh who sets you apart.

     [9-14] Everyone who curses their father or mother will without a doubt be put to death because they have cursed their parent; they’re at fault. Anyone who is sexually unfaithful with another’s spouse, whoever has sex with another’s spouse, without a doubt, they’ll both be put to death. Anyone who has sex with his father’s wife has shamed his father, without a doubt, they’ll both be put to death; they’re at fault. If someone has sex with their daughter-in-law, without a doubt, they’ll both be put to death: they’ve done wrong; they’re at fault. If a male has sex with another male, as with a woman, both of them have done wrong: they’ll without a doubt be put to death; they’re at fault. If someone takes a woman and her mother, it’s wrong: they’ll all be burned with fire; that there may be no wrong among you.

     [15-16] If a man has sex with an animal, he’ll without a doubt be put to death; and the animal will be killed. If a woman goes to any animal, and has sex with it, kill the woman, and the animal; they’ll without a doubt be put to death; they’re at fault.

     [17-21] If someone has sex with his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and sees her naked, and she sees him naked; it’s a shameful thing; and they’ll be cut off from their people: he has seen his sister naked and is at fault. If someone has sex with a woman having her monthly period, and sees her naked; and has seen her source of blood, and she has shown the source of her blood: both will be cut off from among the people. If someone has sex with their aunt; they have seen their close relative naked: they’ll be at fault. If someone has sex with his uncle’s wife, they have shamed their uncle, and will be at fault; and will die without children. If someone takes their brother’s wife, it’s wrong: they have shamed their brother; they’ll not have children.

     [22-27] Keep all My laws, and all My rules, and do them, so that the land, where I am bringing you to live, won’t vomit you out. Don’t do what the nation before you did, which I am throwing out before you. They did all these things, so I hated them. But I’ve said to you, “You’ll inherit their land, and I’ll give it to you to own it, a land full of milk and honey.” I am Yahweh your God, who has separated you from the other peoples. So make a difference between the animals that are fit to eat and the unfit, and between the unfit birds and those that are fit to eat: and don’t make yourselves filthy by animal, or bird, or anything else which runs around on the ground, which I’ve separated from you as unfit for you to eat. Be holy to Me: for I, Yahweh, am holy, and have set you apart from the other peoples, that you should be mine. A man or a woman that talks to the dead, or uses witchcraft, will without a doubt be put to death: they’ll kill them with stones; they’re at fault.’”

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