Laws about tithes and offerings

Chapter 27 Laws about tithes and offerings v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites. Say this to them. “Someone might make a special promise to give a person to the *LORD. You must say what the value (of that person) is. v3 The value of a male person whose age is between 20 and 60 years is 50 *shekels of silver. You must use *shekels (that match the standard of the *shekel) in my house. v4 The value of a female person is 30 *shekels. v5…

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More commands, promises and punishments

Chapter 26 More commands, promises and punishments v1 ‘You must not make *idols for yourselves in the land (the country called *Canaan). You must not make an image (of a false god) or a column that you *worship. You must not get down onto your knees in front of a stone with a special shape. (Remember), I am the *LORD your God. v2 Always remember (to rest and to *worship me on) my *Sabbath days. Give honour to my house. I am the *LORD. v3 Do the things that I have…

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Special years in the Jewish calendar

Chapter 25 Special years in the Jewish calendar v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses at the mountain (called) Sinai. v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites and say (this) to them. “Do this in the land (country) that I will give to you. (Allow) the land to have a *Sabbath for the *LORD. v3 You will sow (seeds) in your fields for 6 years. You will look after your *vineyards and you will gather the fruits for 6 years. v4 Then, in the 7th year, your land will have a rest.…

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Rules about God’s table and blasphemy

Chapter 24 Rules about God’s table and blasphemy v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Tell (this) to the *Israelites. “You must bring pure *oil for the lamps (in God’s house). You must press the fruit called olives to make the *oil. Then the lamps will burn all the time (and they will not go out). v3 Aaron must look after (the lamps) from evening until (the next morning). He must do it in front of the *LORD all the time. (These are the lamps) in the *meeting tent. They…

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Special Days in the Jewish Calendar

Chapter 23 Special Days in the Jewish Calendar v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites and say (this) to them. “The *LORD has decided that you must have special times to give honour to him. You must announce these special days. They are holy days, when the *Israelites should meet (to *worship God). v3 You must do your work for 6 days. But you must rest on the 7th day. You must not do any work (on the 7th day). It is the *Sabbath Day.…

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Food from the holy offerings

Chapter 22 Food from the holy offerings v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons. They must respect the holy *offerings that the *Israelites give to me. Then they will not make my holy name *unclean. I am the *LORD. v3 Say (this) to them. “You may have *descendants who are *unclean in future years. (Any such *descendant must not) come near to the holy *offerings that the *Israelites give to the *LORD. (But if that *descendant does not obey this rule,) I…

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Rules for the priests, so that they remain holy

Chapter 21 Rules for the priests, so that they remain holy v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. ‘Speak to the priests, (who are) the sons of Aaron. Say this to them: “(A priest) must not make himself *unclean because one of his relatives has died. v2 There is an exception for his closest relatives. (This means) his mother, his father, his son, his daughter and his brother. v3 (It also means) a sister who has not married (anyone). She depended on him because she did not have a husband.…

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Punishments for various sins

Chapter 20 Punishments for various sins v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Tell (this) to the *Israelites. “One of you, or a foreigner that lives in your country, might give one of his children to *Molech. You must kill that person. The people in your country must throw stones at him (until he is dead). v3 I (the *LORD) will be against that man. I will *cut off (that man) from his people because he gave (one of) his children to *Molech. He has made my holy place…

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God’s commandments

Chapter 19 God’s commandments v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Say this to all the *Israelites. Tell them (this). “Be holy, because I am holy. I am the *LORD (who is) your God. v3 Every one of you must respect his mother and his father. You must do the right things on my *Sabbath Days. I am the *LORD (who is) your God. v4 Do not turn (from me) to images (of false gods). Do not make gods out of metal for yourselves. I am the *LORD (who…

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Rules about sex in the family and in the nation

Chapter 18 Rules about sex in the family and in the nation v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites and say (this) to them. “I am the *LORD, (who is) your God. v3 You must not do what the people in Egypt did. You lived there in the past. You must not do what the people in *Canaan do. I will take you into (*Canaan). Do not do what they do. v4 You must obey my rules. You must be careful to do what I…

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The importance of the blood

Chapter 17 The importance of the blood v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the *Israelites. Say (this) to them. “This is what the *LORD has ordered you to do. v3-4 An *Israelite might *sacrifice an animal that he does not bring to the entrance of the *meeting tent. That animal might be a cow, a *lamb or a goat. He might kill it in the camp or outside it. But the man does not give it as an…

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The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur and the Goat that Takes Sin Away

Chapter 16 The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur and the Goat that Takes Sin Away v1 Two of Aaron’s sons died when they came near to the *LORD. After this (had happened), the *LORD spoke to Moses. v2 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. ‘Tell (this) to your brother Aaron. He must not come into the most holy place whenever he chooses to come. (If he does) he will die. (The most holy place) is behind the curtain which is in front of the (*atonement) cover of the *ark. (He will…

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Liquids from the body that make people unclean

Chapter 15 Section 4: Liquids from the body that make people unclean, 15:1-33 v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses and to Aaron. v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites. Say (this) to them. “If a liquid comes from a man’s body, (the liquid) is *unclean. v3 (The liquid) may continue to flow from his body or it may stop. In both cases, it will make him *unclean. This is how the liquid will make him *unclean. v4 Any bed that the sick man lies on will be *unclean. Anything that he sits…

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More about diseases of the skin and mildew in buildings

Chapter 14 Section 3 More about diseases of the skin and mildew in buildings, 14:1-57 v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘These are the rules for a person with a disease (of the skin). (Someone must) bring him to the priest, when it is the time to make him *clean. v3 The priest must go outside the camp to look at him carefully. The person may be healthy again after his bad skin disease. v4 Then the priest must order someone to bring two *clean birds that are…

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Rules about various unclean things

Chapter 13 Chapters 13 to 15 – Rules about various unclean things Section 1 Diseases of the skin, 13:1-46 Chapter 13 v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses and to Aaron. v2 ‘Someone may have a lump on their skin. Or their skin may become red. Or it may shine and become very white. These things may become diseases of the skin that strike a person. (People) must bring (the ill person) to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons who is a priest. v3 The priest must look…

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The birth of children to a woman

Chapter 12 The birth of children to a woman v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Tell (this) to the *Israelites. A woman may become *pregnant and then give birth to a son. She will be *unclean for 7 days. This will be as it is during her monthly *period. v3 On the 8th day, they must *circumcise the boy. v4 Then the woman must wait 33 days to become *clean after she bled. She must not touch anything that is sacred. She must not go to the *LORD’s house…

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Rules about what is clean and what is unclean

Chapter 11:1 to 15:33 Rules about what is clean and what is unclean The most important idea in Leviticus is *holiness. This means two things. ·  If you have ‘*holiness’, you are very, very good. Really, only God is holy. That is, only God is perfect; only God has no *sin. But he says that his people are holy too. They become holy because they belong to him. And he is changing their lives. ·  Because his people are holy, they must be separate for him. In chapters 11 to…

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The deaths of Nadab and Abihu and further rules

Chapter 10 The deaths of Nadab and Abihu and further rules v1 (Two of) Aaron’s sons (were called) Nadab and Abihu. They got their *censers and put fire and *incense into them. Then they offered fire to the *LORD, which it was not right to do. (The *LORD) had not told them to do this. v2 So fire came from where the *LORD was. It burned them, so that they died in front of the *LORD. v3 Moses then said to Aaron, ‘The *LORD spoke about this. He said, “I will…

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The priests start their work

Chapter 9 The priests start their work v1 On the 8th day, Moses ordered Aaron, his sons and the leaders of *Israel to come. v2 (Moses) said to Aaron, ‘Fetch a young *bull for your *sin offering and a *ram for your *whole offering. Both (animals) must be perfect. Offer them to the *LORD. v3 Then say to the *Israelites, “Fetch a male goat for a *sin offering. Also, (fetch) a young *bull and a *lamb for a *whole offering. They must both be a year old and perfect. v4 And…

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The ordination of priests

The Work of the Priests – chapters 8:1 to 10:20 Chapter 8 The ordination of priests v1 Then the *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Bring Aaron and his sons (here). Also, (bring these things). ·  Their special clothes. ·  The *oil (with which) to *anoint them. ·  The *bull for the *sin offering. ·  The two *rams. ·  The basket that contains bread. (Somebody) made (this bread) without *yeast. v3 Gather all the people to the entrance of (the yard round) the *meeting tent.’ v4 So Moses did what the…

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Rules about Blood, and Rules for the Priests

Chapter 7:22-38 Rules about Blood, and Rules for the Priests v22 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v23 ‘Say this to the *Israelites. “Do not eat any *fat from cows, *bulls, sheep or goats. v24 (You may find a tame) animal that a wild animal has hurt. (Or you may find) an animal that is already dead. You may use its *fat for any other purpose, but you must not eat it. v25 Someone may eat the *fat from a type of animal that you may offer on the *altar to…

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Further Rules about the Offerings

Chapter 6:8 to 7:21 Further Rules about the Offerings Chapter 6:8 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v9 ‘Give this command to Aaron and to his sons. Say (to them): These are the rules for the *whole offering. The *whole offering must remain on the *altar fire all night until morning. The fire must continue to burn on the *altar. v10 The priest must then put on his *linen clothes. He must wear *linen *underclothes next to his body. He must take away the ashes of the *whole offering, which…

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The Guilt Offering

Chapter 5:14 to 6:7 The Guilt Offering Chapter 5 verse 14 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v15 A person may *sin *accidentally (like this). He may do something wrong about any (one) of the *LORD’s holy things. He must bring to the *LORD a perfect *ram from the *flock to pay for his *sin. It must have the proper value in silver *shekels. (Check it) by (the standard of) the *shekel in the holy place. It is a *guilt offering. v16 He must pay for what he has not…

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The Sin Offering

Chapter 4:1 to 5:13 The Sin Offering Chapter 4 v1 The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Say (this) to the *Israelites. The *LORD’s commands forbid you to do certain things. If anyone does any of those things, he has *sinned. If he has done it by accident, (he shall bring a *sin offering). v3 If the chief priest *sins, this would make (all) the people guilty. He must bring to the *LORD a perfect young *bull. It is a *sin offering, for the *sin that he has done. v4 He…

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The Peace Offering

Chapter 3 The Peace Offering v1 ‘Someone may want to offer a *peace offering. If he offers an animal from the *herd, it can be male or female. But he must offer a perfect animal to the *LORD. v2 He must lean his hand on the head of his *offering. Then he must kill it at the entrance of the *meeting tent. Then Aaron’s sons, (who are) the priests, will splash the blood against all the sides of the *altar. v3 From the *peace offering, he must offer a gift…

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The Corn Offering

Chapter 2 The Corn Offering v1 ‘When anybody (wants to) bring a *corn offering to the *LORD, (that person must make it) with the *finest flour. They must pour *oil onto it and they must put *incense onto it. v2 Then they must take it to the priests, (who are) Aaron’s sons. (The priest) must take as much (of the mixture) as he can hold in his hand. It must contain the *finest flour, (some) *oil and all the *incense. He must burn this on the *altar as a reminder. It…

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What does the word ‘Leviticus’ mean?

What does the word ‘Leviticus’ mean? Moses, or one of his helpers, wrote Leviticus in the *Hebrew language. All the people called *Jews spoke the *Hebrew language. They belonged to the family that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob started. The *Jews called the Book of Leviticus ‘wayyiqra’. This is actually two *Hebrew words, ‘way’ and ‘yiqra’. They mean ‘and’ and ‘he called’. These words are the first words in the book in the *Hebrew language. When the *Jews translated their Bible into the *Greek language, they gave the book a new…

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