LEVITICUS CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

LEVITICUS CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO                   

1 The Lord told Moses, 2 “Direct Aaron and

              His sons to show respect to offerings

              The Israelites will consecrate to me,

So they will not profane my holy name.

              I am the Lord. 3 Tell them: ‘For generations

              To come, if any one of your descendants

Is ceremonially unclean and yet comes

              Close to the sacred offerings, the ones

              The Israelites shall consecrate to God,

That person must be cut off from my presence.

              I am the Lord. 4 If a descendant of

              Aaron has a defiling skin disease

Or a bodily discharge, he may not

              Eat sacred offerings until he’s cleansed.

              And he will also be unclean if he

Shall touch a thing that is defiled, as by

              A corpse or by a man who’s had a semen

              Emission, 5 or if he shall touch a thing

That crawls that makes him unclean, or a person

              Who makes him unclean–this, no matter what

              The uncleanness may be. 6 The one who touches

A thing like that is unclean ‘til the evening.

              He must not eat the sacred offerings

              Unless he’s bathed himself with water. 7 When

The sun goes down, he will be clean, and after

              That he may eat the sacred offerings,

              Because they are his food. 8 He must not eat

A thing found dead or that wild animals

              Have torn, and so become unclean through it.

              I am the Lord. 9 The priests are to perform

My service so that they do not become

              Guilty and die because they treated it

              Contemptuously. I’m the Lord, who makes

Them holy. 10 Nobody who’s not a member

              Of a priest’s family may eat the sacred

              Offering, nor may the priest’s guest or his

Hired worker eat it, 11 but if a priest buys

              A slave with money, or if slaves are born

              Within his household, they may eat his food.

12 If a priest’s daughter marries a non-priest,

              She may not eat the sacred contributions,

              13 But if the daughter of a priest becomes

A widow or she is divorced, yet has

              No children, and returns to live in her

              Own father’s household as she did in youth,

Then she may eat her father’s food. But no

              One who’s unauthorized may eat it. 14 One

              Who eats a sacred offering by his

Mistake has to make restitution to

              The priest for the same offering and add

              One-fifth the value to it; 15 priests are not

To desecrate the sacred offerings

              That Israelites present the Lord 16 by letting

              Them eat the sacred offerings and so

Bring on them guilt requiring payment. I’m

              The Lord, who makes them holy.’” 17 God told Moses,

              18 “Tell Aaron and his sons and Israelites

This word: ‘If any of you—whether you’re

              An Israelite or foreigner who lives

              In Israel—gives a burnt offering

To God, a freewill offering or to

              Fulfill a vow, 19 you must present a male

              Which has no defect from the cattle, sheep

Or goats so it may be accepted for

              You; 20 don’t bring anything which has a defect,

              For God will not accept it. 21 Anyone

Who brings from herd or flock a fellowship

              Offering to the Lord in order to

              Fulfill a special vow or as a freewill

Offering, must present an animal

              Which has no defect and no blemish, or       

              It will not be accepted. 22 Do not offer

To God the blind, the injured or the maimed,

              Or anything with warts or festering

              Or running sores. Do not place any one

Of these upon the altar as a food

              Offering you present to God, 23 but you

              May give for freewill offering an ox

Or else a sheep that is deformed or stunted,

              But God won’t take it for a vow fulfillment.

              24 You must not offer God an animal

Whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut.

              You must not do this in your own land, 25 and

              You are not to accept such animals

From foreigners and offer them as food

              Of your own God. They will not be accepted

              On your behalf, because they are deformed

And they have defects.’” 26 The Lord told Moses, 27 “When

              A calf, a lamb or goat is born, it shall

              Stay with its mother seven days, and then

From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable

              As a food offering presented to

              The Lord. 28 Don’t kill a cow or sheep and its

Young on the same day. 29 When you sacrifice          

              An offering of thanks to God, do it

              In such a way that it will be accepted

On your behalf. 30 It must be eaten that

              Same day; leave none till morning. I’m the Lord.

              31 Keep my commands and follow them. I am

The Lord. 32 Do not profane my holy name,

               Because the Israelites have to admit

              That I am holy. I’m the Lord, who made

You holy 33 and who brought you out of Egypt

              As your God; I’m the Lord who set you free.”