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L e v itic u s
Next Aaron presented the offerings of the people. He slaughtered the
people’s goat and presented it as an offering for their sin, just as he had
first done with the offering for his own sin. Then he presented the burnt
offering and sacrificed it in the prescribed way. He also presented the grain
offering, burning a handful of the flour mixture on the altar, in addition to
the regular burnt offering for the morning.
Then Aaron slaughtered the bull and the ram for the people’s peace offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides
of the altar. Then he took the fat of the bull and the ram—the fat of the
broad tail and from around the internal organs—along with the kidneys
and the long lobes of the livers. He placed these fat portions on top of the
breasts of these animals and burned them on the altar. Aaron then lifted
up the breasts and right thighs as a special offering to the Lord, just as
Moses had commanded.
After that, Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them.
Then, after presenting the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace
offering, he stepped down from the altar. Then Moses and Aaron went
into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people
again, and the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole community. Fire
blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering
and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy
and fell face down on the ground.
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners
and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the Lord
by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded. So fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and burned them
up, and they died there before the Lord.
Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said,
‘I will display my holiness
through those who come near me.
I will display my glory
before all the people.’”
And Aaron was silent.
Then Moses called for Mishael and Elzaphan, Aaron’s cousins, the sons
of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel. He said to them, “Come forward and carry away
the bodies of your relatives from in front of the sanctuary to a place outside
the camp.” So they came forward and picked them up by their garments
and carried them out of the camp, just as Moses had commanded.
Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not
show grief by leaving your hair uncombed or by tearing your clothes. If