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16 And Jehovah spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons when they came near before Jehovah and died; 2 and Jehovah said to Moses “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come on all occasions into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy-seat on the ark, so as not to die, because I shall appear in the cloud on the mercy-seat. 3 With this Aaron is to come into the holy place: with a steer of horned cattle for a sin-offering and a ram for a burnt-offering; 4 he shall wear a consecrated linen tunic and have linen drawers on his body, and be belted with a linen sash and turbaned with a linen turban; they are sacred garments, and he shall bathe his flesh with water to put they on. 5 And from the congregation of the sons of Israel he shall take two old goats for sin-offering and one ram for burnt-offering; 6 and Aaron shall present his own sin-steer and purge himself and his family, 7 and he shall take the two goats and set them before Jehovah at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 8 And Aaron shall deal lots for the two goats, one lot for Jehovah and one lot for ʽAzazel; 9 and Aaron shall present the goat for which the lot for Jehovah came up, and make a sin-offering of it, 10 and the goat for which the lot for ʽAzazel came up he shall set alive before Jehovah to purge it for sending off to the wilderness for ʽAzazel. 11 “And Aaron shall present his own sin-steer and purge himself and his family; and he shall slaughter his sin-steer 12* and take a firepan full of live coals off the altar, from before Jehovah, and a double handful of powdered aromatic incense, and bring it inside the veil 13 and put the incense on the fire before Jehovah and have the cloud of incense-smoke cover the mercy-seat over the Lessons so that he does not die. 14 And he shall take some of the steer’s blood and sprinkle it with his finger on the front side of the mercy-seat, the east side, and before the mercy-seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood seven times with his finger. 15 And he shall slaughter the people’s sin-goat and bring its blood inside the veil, and do with its blood as he did with the steer’s blood and sprinkle it on the mercy-seat and before the mercy-seat, 16 and purge the holy place from the uncleannesses of the sons of Israel and from their offenses in all their sins, and do the same for the Tent of Meeting that is quartered with them in the midst of their uncleannesses. 17 And there shall not be a human being in the Tent of Meeting when he goes in to purge in the holy place, until he comes out; and he shall purge himself and his family and the whole assembly of Israel. 18 And he shall come out to the altar before Jehovah and purge it, and take blood from the steer and blood from the goat and put it on the horns of the altar all round, 19 and sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, and cleanse and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the sons of Israel. 20 “And, having finished purging the holy place and the Tent of Meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat; 21* and Aaron shall lay both his hands on the live goat’s head and confess over it all the guilts of the sons of Israel and all their offenses in all their sins, and put them on the head of the live goat, and send it off by a convenient man to the wilderness, 22 and the goat shall carry upon him all their guilts to an isolated country. And he shall let the goat go in the wilderness. 23 “And Aaron shall go into the Tent of Meeting and take off the linen garments he had on when he went into the holy place and lay them down there, 24 and bathe his flesh with water in a holy place and put on his own garments and do his own burnt-offering and the people’s burnt-offering, and purge himself and the people; 25 and the fat of the sin-offering he shall burn at the altar. 26 “And the one who lets the goat go for ʽAzazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his flesh with water, and after that he shall come into the camp. 27 “And the sin-steer and the sin-goat, whose blood was brought in to purge in the holy place, shall be carried out outside the camp, and they shall burn up their skins and their flesh and their dung; 28 and the one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his flesh with water, and after that he shall come into the camp. 29 “And you shall have it as a perpetual usage: in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you shall deny yourselves the gratification of appetites and not carry on any activity, the native and the immigrant that lives among you, 30 because on that day he purges you to cleanse you; from all your sins before Jehovah you are to become clean. 31 It is to you a sabbath, a sabbath rest of yours, and you are to deny yourselves the gratification of appetites, as a perpetual usage; 32 and the priest who is anointed and installed as his father’s successor in office shall do the purging. And he shall put on the linen garments, the sacred garments, 33 and purge the sacred sanctuary; the Tent of Meeting and the altar he shall purge, and the priests and all the people of the assembly he shall purge. 34 And you shall have this for a perpetual usage, to purge the sons of Israel from all their sins once a year.” And he did as Jehovah had commanded Moses.