LEVITICUS. CHAPTER 3

Leviticus

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Chapter 3

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1 “If someone in presenting a peace offering makes his offering from the herd, he may offer before the LORD either a male or a female animal, but it must be without blemish.

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He shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and then slaughter it at the entrance of the meeting tent; but Aaron’s sons, the priests, shall splash its blood on the sides of the altar.

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From the peace offering he shall offer as an oblation to the LORD the fatty membrane over the inner organs, and all the fat that adheres to them,

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2 as well as the two kidneys, with the fat on them near the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he shall sever above the kidneys.

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All this Aaron’s sons shall then burn on the altar with the holocaust, on the wood over the fire, as a sweet-smelling oblation to the LORD.

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“If the peace offering he presents to the LORD is from the flock, he may offer either a male or a female animal, but it must be without blemish.

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If he presents a lamb as his offering, he shall bring it before the LORD,

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and after laying his hand on the head of his offering, he shall slaughter it before the meeting tent; but Aaron’s sons shall splash its blood on the sides of the altar.

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3 As an oblation to the LORD he shall present the fat of the peace offering: the whole fatty tail, which he must sever close to the spine, the fatty membrane over the inner organs, and all the fat that adheres to them,

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as well as the two kidneys, with the fat on them near the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he must sever above the kidneys.

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All this the priest shall burn on the altar as the food of the LORD’S oblation.

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“If he presents a goat, he shall bring it before the LORD,

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and after laying his hand on its head, he shall slaughter it before the meeting tent; but Aaron’s sons shall splash its blood on the sides of the altar.

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From it he shall offer as an oblation to the LORD the fatty membrane over the inner organs, and all the fat that adheres to them,

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as well as the two kidneys, with the fat on them near the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he must sever above the kidneys.

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All this the priest shall burn on the altar as the food of the sweet-smelling oblation. All the fat belongs to the LORD.

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4 This shall be a perpetual ordinance for your descendants wherever they may dwell. You shall not partake of any fat or any blood.”

 

 

1 [1] Peace offering: thus the ancient versions have rendered the Hebrew word, which perhaps means more exactly, “fulfillment sacrifice,” offered up in fulfillment of a vow. Cf Proverb 7:14. Its characteristic feature was the sacred banquet at which the offerer and his guests partook of the meat of the sacrificed animal. Cf Lev 7:11-21.

2 [4] The lobe of the liver: some render, “the fatty covering of the liver.”

3 [9] The whole fatty tail: see note on Exodus 29:22.

4 [17] Any fat: only the fat mentioned in Lev 3:9-10, 14-15 is meant; other fat could be eaten by the Israelites.

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