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4:27–5:6
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priest will purify the leader from his sin, making him right with the Lord,
and he will be forgiven.
“If any of the common people sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands, but they don’t realize it, they are still guilty. When they become
aware of their sin, they must bring as an offering for their sin a female goat
with no defects. They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and
slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered. Then the
priest will dip his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar
for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of
the altar. Then he must remove all the goat’s fat, just as he does with the
fat of the peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar, and it will be a
pleasing aroma to the Lord. Through this process, the priest will purify
the people, making them right with the Lord, and they will be forgiven.
“If the people bring a sheep as their sin offering, it must be a female
with no defects. They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and
slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered. Then the
priest will dip his finger in the blood of the sin offering and put it on the
horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood
at the base of the altar. Then he must remove all the sheep’s fat, just as he
does with the fat of a sheep presented as a peace offering. He will burn the
fat on the altar on top of the special gifts presented to the Lord. Through
this process, the priest will purify the people from their sin, making them
right with the Lord, and they will be forgiven.
“If you are called to testify about something you have seen or that you
know about, it is sinful to refuse to testify, and you will be punished for
your sin.
“Or suppose you unknowingly touch something that is ceremonially
unclean, such as the carcass of an unclean animal. When you realize what
you have done, you must admit your defilement and your guilt. This is true
whether it is a wild animal, a domestic animal, or an animal that scurries
along the ground.
“Or suppose you unknowingly touch something that makes a person
unclean. When you realize what you have done, you must admit your guilt.
“Or suppose you make a foolish vow of any kind, whether its purpose
is for good or for bad. When you realize its foolishness, you must admit
your guilt.
“When you become aware of your guilt in any of these ways, you must
confess your sin. Then you must bring to the Lord as the penalty for your
sin a female from the flock, either a sheep or a goat. This is a sin offering
with which the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with
the Lord.





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