1 The LordI spokeII to Moses,III saying:
2 “DirectIV AaronV and his sonsVI
to dealVII carefully with the sacred donationsVIII of the Israelites,IX
which they dedicateX to me, so that they may not profaneXI my holyXII name:XIII I am the Lord.
3 Say to them, ‘If anyoneXIV among allXV your offspringXVI throughout your generationsXVII comesXVIII near the sacred donations,
which the Israelites dedicate to the Lord, while he is in a state of uncleanness,XIX that personXX shall be cut offXXI from my presence:XXII I am the Lord.’
4 No oneXXIII of Aaron’s offspring who has a defiling skin diseaseXXIV or suffers a dischargeXXV may eatXXVI of the sacred donations until he is clean.XXVII Whoever touchesXXVIII anythingXXIX
made uncleanXXX by a corpseXXXI or a manXXXII who has hadXXXIII an emissionXXXIV of semen,XXXV
5 and whoeverXXXVI touches anyXXXVII swarming thingXXXVIII by which he may be made uncleanXXXIX or any human beingXL by whom he may be made unclean—whateverXLI his uncleanness may be—
6 the person who touches any such shall be unclean until evening and shall not eat of the sacred donations unless he has washedXLII his bodyXLIII in water.XLIV 7 When the sunXLV setsXLVI he shall be clean, and afterwardXLVII he may eat of the sacred donations, for they are his food.XLVIII
8 That which diedXLIX or was tornL by wild animals he shall not eat, becoming unclean by it: I am the Lord. 9 They shall keepLI my charge,LII
so that they may not incurLIII guiltLIV and dieLV because of it for having profaned them: I am the Lord; I sanctifyLVI them.
10 “No LVIIlaypersonLVIII shall eat of the sacred donations. No boundLIX or hired servantLX of the priestLXI shall eat of the sacred donations,
11 but if a priest acquiresLXII anyoneLXIII by purchase,LXIV the person may eat of them, and those who are bornLXV in his houseLXVI may eat of his food.
12 If a priest’s daughterLXVII marriesLXVIII a layman,LXIX she shall not eat of the offeringLXX of the sacred donations, 13 but if a priest’s daughter isLXXI widowedLXXII
or divorced,LXXIII without offspring, and returnsLXXIV to her father’sLXXV house, as in her youth,LXXVI she may eat of her father’s food. No LXXVIIlayperson shall eat of it.
14 If a man eats of the sacred donation unintentionally,LXXVIII he shall addLXXIX one-fifthLXXX of its value to it and giveLXXXI the sacred donation to the priest.
15 No one shall profane the sacred donations of the Israelites, which they offerLXXXII to the Lord, 16 causing them to bearLXXXIII guiltLXXXIV requiring a guilt offering,LXXXV by eating their sacred donations, for I am the Lord; I sanctify them.”
17 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites and say to them: When anyoneLXXXVI of the house of Israel or of the aliensLXXXVII residing in Israel presentsLXXXVIII an offering,LXXXIX whetherXC in payment of a vowXCI
or asXCII a freewill offeringXCIII that is offeredXCIV to the Lord as a burnt offering,XCV
19 to be acceptableXCVI on your behalf it shall be a maleXCVII without blemish,XCVIII
of the cattleXCIX or the sheepC or the goats.CI 20 You shall not offerCII anything that has a blemish,CIII for it will not be acceptable on your behalf.
21 “When anyoneCIV offersCV a sacrificeCVI of well-beingCVII to the Lord,CVIII
in fulfillmentCIX of a vow or as a freewill offering, from the herdCX or from the flock,CXI to be acceptable it must be perfect;CXII there shall beCXIII no blemish in it.
22 Anything blindCXIV or injuredCXV or maimedCXVI or having a dischargeCXVII or an itchCXVIII or scabsCXIX—
these you shall not offerCXX to the LordCXXI or putCXXII any of them on the altarCXXIII as offerings by fireCXXIV to the Lord.CXXV
23 An oxCXXVI or a lambCXXVII that is deformedCXXVIII or stuntedCXXIX you may presentCXXX for a freewill offering, but it will not be acceptedCXXXI for a vow.
24 Any animal that has its testicles bruisedCXXXII or crushedCXXXIII or tornCXXXIV or cut,CXXXV
you shall not offerCXXXVI to the Lord;CXXXVII such you shall not doCXXXVIII within your land,CXXXIX
25 nor shall you accept any such animals fromCXL a CXLIforeignerCXLII to offerCXLIII as food to your God;CXLIV since they are mutilated,CXLV with a blemish in them, they shall not be accepted on your behalf.”
26 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 27 “When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born,CXLVI it shall remainCXLVII sevenCXLVIII daysCXLIX
withCL its mother,CLI and from the eighthCLII day on it shall be acceptable as the Lord’sCLIII offeringCLIV by fire.
28 But you shall not slaughter,CLV from the herdCLVI or the flock,CLVII an animal with its youngCLVIII on the sameCLIX day.
29 When you sacrificeCLX a thanksgivingCLXI offeringCLXII to the Lord,CLXIII you shall sacrificeCLXIV it so that it may be acceptable on your behalf.
30 It shall be eaten on the same day; you shall not leaveCLXV any of it until morning:CLXVI I am the Lord.CLXVII
31 “Thus you shall keep my commandmentsCLXVIII and observeCLXIX them: I am the Lord.CLXX
32 You shall not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified amongCLXXI the Israelites: I am the Lord;CLXXII I sanctify you, 33 I who broughtCLXXIII you out of the land of EgyptCLXXIV to be your God: I am the Lord.”CLXXV
Image credit: “Konrad Łoziński” by Otwarte Klatki, 2020.