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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Leviticus 1:1-17

1  And Jehovah proceeded to call* Moses and speak to him out of the tent of meeting,+ saying:  “Speak to the sons of Israel,+ and you must say to them, ‘In case some man* of YOU would present* an offering* to Jehovah from the domestic animals, YOU should present YOUR offering* from the herd and from the flock.  “‘If his offering is a burnt offering*+ from the herd, a male, a sound one,+ is what he should present. At the entrance of the tent of meeting he should present it of his own free will before Jehovah.+  And he must lay his hand upon the head of the burnt offering, and it must be graciously accepted+ for him to make atonement for him.*+  “‘Then the young bull must be slaughtered* before Jehovah; and the sons of Aaron, the priests,+ must present the blood and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar,+ which is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.  And the burnt offering must be skinned and cut up into its parts.+  And the sons of Aaron, the priests,* must put fire on the altar+ and set wood in order on the fire.+  And the sons of Aaron, the priests,* must set the pieces+ in order with the head and the suet over the wood that is on the fire that is on the altar.  And its intestines+ and its shanks will be washed* with water; and the priest must make all of it smoke on the altar as a burnt offering, an offering made by fire* of a restful odor to Jehovah.+ 10  “‘And if his offering for a burnt offering is from the flock,+ from the young rams or the goats, a male,+ a sound one, is what he will present.+ 11  And it must be slaughtered* at the side of the altar to the north before Jehovah, and the sons of Aaron, the priests, must sprinkle its blood round about upon the altar.+ 12  And he must cut it up into its parts and its head and its suet, and the priest must set them in order over the wood that is on the fire that is on the altar.+ 13  And he will wash the intestines+ and the shanks+ with water; and the priest must present all of it and make it smoke+ on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire of a restful odor to Jehovah.+ 14  “‘However, if his offering as a burnt offering to Jehovah is from the fowls, then he must present his offering from the turtledoves+ or the young pigeons.*+ 15  And the priest must present it at the altar and nip+ off its head and make it smoke upon the altar, but its blood must be drained out* upon the side of the altar. 16  And he must remove its crop with its feathers* and throw it beside the altar, to the east, to the place for the fatty ashes.*+ 17  And he must cleave it at its wings. He must not divide+ it. Then the priest must make it smoke on the altar over the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering,+ an offering made by fire of a restful odor to Jehovah.+

Footnotes

Lit., “And he proceeded to call.” Heb., Wai·yiq·raʼ′. In Heb. this third book of Moses is named after this opening expression. LXXVg name this book “Leviticus” (Gr., Leu·i·ti·kon′; Lat., Le·vi′ti·cus, “Pertaining to a Levite [Levites]”).
Or, “any man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
Or, “offer.”
“Offering.” Heb., qor·ban′; Gr., do′ra, “gifts.” Compare Mr 7:11.
“Offering,” M; SamLXXSy, “offerings.”
“Burnt offering.” Heb., ʽo·lah′; Gr., ho·lo·kau′to·ma; Lat., ho·lo·cau′stum, “holocaust,” a sacrifice consumed by fire.
Lit., “make a covering over him.”
Or, “And he must slaughter the young bull.” LXX, “And they will slaughter the young bull.”
“Priests,” SamLXX and five Heb. mss; M, “priest.” Compare vss 5, 8.
“Priests,” MLXXSy.
Or, “And he will wash its intestines and its shanks.”
See Ex 29:18 ftn.
Or, “And he must slaughter it.”
Lit., “sons of the pigeon.”
Or, “pressed (squeezed) out.”
“Its feathers,” LXX; SymTh, “its fine feathers (down)”; possibly, “its filth (excrement).”
See Ex 27:3 ftn, “Ashes.”