Acceptable Offerings

Leviticus 22

17 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18 "Speak to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them: t 'Whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, who 1 offers his sacrifice for any of his vows or for any of his freewill offerings, which they offer to the LORD as a burnt offering - 19 u 'you shall offer of your own free will a male without blemish from the cattle, from the sheep, or from the goats. 20 v 'Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it shall not be acceptable on your behalf. 21 'And w whoever offers a sacrifice of a peace offering to the LORD, x to fulfill his vow, or a freewill offering from the cattle or the sheep, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it. 22 y 'Those that are blind or broken or maimed, or have an 2 ulcer or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD, nor make z an offering by fire of them on the altar to the LORD. 23 'Either a bull or a lamb that has any limb a too long or too short you may offer as a freewill offering, but for a vow it shall not be accepted. 24 'You shall not offer to the LORD what is bruised or crushed, or torn or cut; nor shall you make any offering of them in your land. 25 'Nor b from a foreigner's hand shall you offer any of these as c the bread of your God, because their d corruption is in them, and defects are in them. They shall not be accepted on your behalf.' "

26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 27 e "When a bull or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall be seven days with its mother; and from the eighth day and thereafter it shall be accepted as an offering made by fire to the LORD. 28 "Whether it is a cow or ewe, do not kill both her f and her young on the same day. 29 "And when you g offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, offer it of your own free will. 30 "On the same day it shall be eaten; you shall leave h none of it until morning: I am the LORD.

31 i "Therefore you shall keep My commandments, and perform them: I am the LORD. 32 j "You shall not profane My holy name, but k I will be 3 hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the LORD who l sanctifies you, 33 m "who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD."

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