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Lord—­the special gift and the sin offering. The whole community of
Israel will be forgiven, including the foreigners living among you, for all
the people were involved in the sin.
“If one individual commits an unintentional sin, the guilty person must
bring a o­ ne-­year-­old female goat for a sin offering. The priest will sacrifice
it to purify the guilty person before the Lord, and that person will be
forgiven. These same instructions apply both to ­native-­born Israelites and
to the foreigners living among you.
“But those who brazenly violate the Lord’s will, whether ­native-­born
Israelites or foreigners, have blasphemed the Lord, and they must be cut
off from the community. Since they have treated the Lord’s word with
contempt and deliberately disobeyed his command, they must be completely cut off and suffer the punishment for their guilt.”
One day while the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they discovered
a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. The people who found him
doing this took him before Moses, Aaron, and the rest of the community.
They held him in custody because they did not know what to do with him.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must be put to death! The whole
community must stone him outside the camp.” So the whole community
took the man outside the camp and stoned him to death, just as the Lord
had commanded Moses.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the
people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When
you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the
Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you
are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey
all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who
brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the
Lord your God!”
One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth,
from the tribe of Reuben. They incited a rebellion against Moses, along
with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the
assembly. They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone
too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord,

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