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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
5:7–6:4
“But if you cannot afford to bring a sheep, you may bring to the Lord
two turtledoves or two young pigeons as the penalty for your sin. One
of the birds will be for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.
You must bring them to the priest, who will present the first bird as the
sin offering. He will wring its neck but without severing its head from the
body. Then he will sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering against
the sides of the altar, and the rest of the blood will be drained out at the
base of the altar. This is an offering for sin. The priest will then prepare the
second bird as a burnt offering, following all the procedures that have been
prescribed. Through this process the priest will purify you from your sin,
making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven.
“If you cannot afford to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons,
you may bring two quarts of choice flour for your sin offering. Since it is
an offering for sin, you must not moisten it with olive oil or put any frankincense on it. Take the flour to the priest, who will scoop out a handful as
a representative portion. He will burn it on the altar on top of the special
gifts presented to the Lord. It is an offering for sin. Through this process,
the priest will purify those who are guilty of any of these sins, making them
right with the Lord, and they will be forgiven. The rest of the flour will
belong to the priest, just as with the grain offering.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “If one of you commits a sin by unintentionally defiling the Lord’s sacred property, you must bring a guilt offering to
the Lord. The offering must be your own ram with no defects, or you may
buy one of equal value with silver, as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. You must make restitution for the sacred property you have
harmed by paying for the loss, plus an additional 20 percent. When you
give the payment to the priest, he will purify you with the ram sacrificed as
a guilt offering, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven.
“Suppose you sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands. Even if you
are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for
your sin. For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram
with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process
the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right
with the Lord, and you will be forgiven. This is a guilt offering, for you
have been guilty of an offense against the Lord.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Suppose one of you sins against your associate and is unfaithful to the Lord. Suppose you cheat in a deal involving
a security deposit, or you steal or commit fraud, or you find lost property
and lie about it, or you lie while swearing to tell the truth, or you commit
any other such sin. If you have sinned in any of these ways, you are guilty.





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