Friday, 31 March 2017

Reading the word of God Day 31: Levicticus 10 - 12


LEVITICUS 10 

1 Now Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his censer, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered unholy fire before the Lord, such as he had not commanded them. 
2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 
3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the Lord meant when he said, "Through those who are near me I will show myself holy, and before all the people I will be glorified.' " And Aaron was silent. 
4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, "Come forward, and carry your kinsmen away from the front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp." 
5 They came forward and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had ordered. 
6And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do not dishevel your hair, and do not tear your vestments, or you will die and wrath will strike all the congregation; but your kindred, the whole house of Israel, may mourn the burning that the Lord has sent. 
7 You shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the anointing oil of the Lord is on you." And they did as Moses had ordered. 
8 And the Lord spoke to Aaron: 
9 Drink no wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons, when you enter the tent of meeting that you may not die; it is a statute forever throughout your generations. 
10 You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 
11 and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them through Moses. 
12Moses spoke to Aaron and to his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar: Take the grain offering that is left from the Lord's offerings by fire, and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy; 
13 you shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons' due, from the offerings by fire to the Lord; for so I am commanded. 
14 But the breast that is elevated and the thigh that is raised, you and your sons and daughters as well may eat in any clean place; for they have been assigned to you and your children from the sacrifices of the offerings of well-being of the people of Israel. 
15 The thigh that is raised and the breast that is elevated they shall bring, together with the offerings by fire of the fat, to raise for an elevation offering before the Lord; they are to be your due and that of your children forever, as the Lord has commanded. 
16 Then Moses made inquiry about the goat of the sin offering, and—it had already been burned! He was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's remaining sons, and said, 
17 "Why did you not eat the sin offering in the sacred area? For it is most holy, and God has given it to you that you may remove the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement on their behalf, before the Lord. 
18 Its blood was not brought into the inner part of the sanctuary. You should certainly have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded." 
19 And Aaron spoke to Moses, "See, today they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord; and yet such things as these have befallen me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, would it have been agreeable to the Lord?"
20 And when Moses heard that, he agreed.

                                             LEVITICUS 11       

1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them: 
2 Speak to the people of Israel, saying: From among all the land animals, these are the creatures that you may eat. 
3 Any animal that has divided hoofs and is cleft-footed and chews the cud—such you may eat. 
4 But among those that chew the cud or have divided hoofs, you shall not eat the following: the camel, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hoofs; it is unclean for you. 
5 The rock badger, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hoofs; it is unclean for you. 
6 The hare, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hoofs; it is unclean for you. 
7 The pig, for even though it has divided hoofs and is cleft-footed, it does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 
8 Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean for you. 
9 These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams—such you may eat. 
10 But anything in the seas or the streams that does not have fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and among all the other living creatures that are in the waters—they are detestable to you 
11 and detestable they shall remain. Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall regard as detestable. 
12 Everything in the waters that does not have fins and scales is detestable to you. 
13 These you shall regard as detestable among the birds. They shall not be eaten; they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the osprey, 
14 the buzzard, the kite of any kind; 
15 every raven of any kind; 
16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind; 
17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 
18the water hen, the desert owl, the carrion vulture, 
19 the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat. 
20 All winged insects that walk upon all fours are detestable to you. 
21 But among the winged insects that walk on all fours you may eat those that have jointed legs above their feet, with which to leap on the ground. 
22 Of them you may eat: the locust according to its kind, the bald locust according to its kind, the cricket according to its kind, and the grasshopper according to its kind. 
23 But all other winged insects that have four feet are detestable to you. 
24 By these you shall become unclean; whoever touches the carcass of any of them shall be unclean until the evening,
25 and whoever carries any part of the carcass of any of them shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 
26 Every animal that has divided hoofs but is not cleft-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean for you; everyone who touches one of them shall be unclean. 
27 All that walk on their paws, among the animals that walk on all fours, are unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them shall be unclean until the evening, 
28 and the one who carries the carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean for you. 
29 These are unclean for you among the creatures that swarm upon the earth: the weasel, the mouse, the great lizard according to its kind, 
30 the gecko, the land crocodile, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. 
31 These are unclean for you among all that swarm; whoever touches one of them when they are dead shall be unclean until the evening. 
32 And anything upon which any of them falls when they are dead shall be unclean, whether an article of wood or cloth or skin or sacking, any article that is used for any purpose; it shall be dipped into water, and it shall be unclean until the evening, and then it shall be clean. 
33 And if any of them falls into any earthen vessel, all that is in it shall be unclean, and you shall break the vessel. 
34 Any food that could be eaten shall be unclean if water from any such vessel comes upon it; and any liquid that could be drunk shall be unclean if it was in any such vessel. 
35 Everything on which any part of the carcass falls shall be unclean; whether an oven or stove, it shall be broken in pieces; they are unclean, and shall remain unclean for you. 
36 But a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean, while whatever touches the carcass in it shall be unclean. 
37 If any part of their carcass falls upon any seed set aside for sowing, it is clean; 
38 but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you. 
39 If an animal of which you may eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass shall be unclean until the evening. 
40 Those who eat of its carcass shall wash their clothes and be unclean until the evening; and those who carry the carcass shall wash their clothes and be unclean until the evening. 
41 All creatures that swarm upon the earth are detestable; they shall not be eaten. 
42 Whatever moves on its belly, and whatever moves on all fours, or whatever has many feet, all the creatures that swarm upon the earth, you shall not eat; for they are detestable. 
43 You shall not make yourselves detestable with any creature that swarms; you shall not defile yourselves with them, and so become unclean. 
44 For I am the Lord your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming creature that moves on the earth. 
45 For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; you shall be holy, for I am holy. 
46 This is the law pertaining to land animal and bird and every living creature that moves through the waters and every creature that swarms upon the earth, 
47 To make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living creature that may be eaten and the living creature that may not be eaten.

LEVITICUS 12 

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 
2 Speak to the people of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and bears a male child, she shall be ceremonially unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. 
3 On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 
4 Her time of blood purification shall be thirty-three days; she shall not touch any holy thing, or come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification are completed. 
5 If she bears a female child, she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; her time of blood purification shall be sixty-six days. 
6 When the days of her purification are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. 
7 He shall offer it before the Lord, and make atonement on her behalf; then she shall be clean from her flow of blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, male or female. 
8 If she cannot afford a sheep, she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement on her behalf, and she shall be clean.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Reading the word of God Day 30: Levicticus 7 - 9


LEVITICUS 7 

1 This is the ritual of the guilt offering. It is most holy; 
2 at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered, they shall slaughter the guilt offering, and its blood shall be dashed against all sides of the altar. 
3 All its fat shall be offered: the broad tail, the fat that covers the entrails, 
4 The two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which shall be removed with the kidneys. 
5 The priest shall turn them into smoke on the altar as an offering by fire to the Lord; it is a guilt offering. 
6 Every male among the priests shall eat of it; it shall be eaten in a holy place; it is most holy. 
7 The guilt offering is like the sin offering, there is the same ritual for them; the priest who makes atonement with it shall have it. 
8 So, too, the priest who offers anyone's burnt offering shall keep the skin of the burnt offering that he has offered. 
9 And every grain offering baked in the oven, and all that is prepared in a pan or on a griddle, shall belong to the priest who offers it. 
10 But every other grain offering, mixed with oil or dry, shall belong to all the sons of Aaron equally. 
11 This is the ritual of the sacrifice of the offering of well-being that one may offer to the Lord. 
12 If you offer it for thanksgiving, you shall offer with the thank offering unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers spread with oil, and cakes of choice flour well soaked in oil. 
13 With your thanksgiving sacrifice of well-being you shall bring your offering with cakes of leavened bread. 
14 From this you shall offer one cake from each offering, as a gift to the Lord; it shall belong to the priest who dashes the blood of the offering of well-being. 
15 And the flesh of your thanksgiving sacrifice of well-being shall be eaten on the day it is offered; you shall not leave any of it until morning. 
16But if the sacrifice you offer is a votive offering or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that you offer your sacrifice, and what is left of it shall be eaten the next day; 
17 but what is left of the flesh of the sacrifice shall be burned up on the third day. 
18 If any of the flesh of your sacrifice of well-being is eaten on the third day, it shall not be acceptable, nor shall it be credited to the one who offers it; it shall be an abomination, and the one who eats of it shall incur guilt. 
19 Flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burned up. As for other flesh, all who are clean may eat such flesh. 
20 But those who eat flesh from the Lord's sacrifice of well-being while in a state of uncleanness shall be cut off from their kin. 
21 When any one of you touches any unclean thing—human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean creature—and then eats flesh from the Lord's sacrifice of well-being, you shall be cut off from your kin. 
22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 
23 Speak to the people of Israel, saying: You shall eat no fat of ox or sheep or goat. 
24The fat of an animal that died or was torn by wild animals may be put to any other use, but you must not eat it. 
25 If any one of you eats the fat from an animal of which an offering by fire may be made to the Lord, you who eat it shall be cut off from your kin. 
26 You must not eat any blood whatever, either of bird or of animal, in any of your settlements. 
27 Any one of you who eats any blood shall be cut off from your kin. 
28 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
29 Speak to the people of Israel, saying: Any one of you who would offer to the Lord your sacrifice of well-being must yourself bring to the Lord your offering from your sacrifice of well-being. 
30 Your own hands shall bring the Lord's offering by fire; you shall bring the fat with the breast, so that the breast may be raised as an elevation offering before the Lord. 
31 The priest shall turn the fat into smoke on the altar, but the breast shall belong to Aaron and his sons. 
32 And the right thigh from your sacrifices of well-being you shall give to the priest as an offering; 
33 the one among the sons of Aaron who offers the blood and fat of the offering of well-being shall have the right thigh for a portion.
34 For I have taken the breast of the elevation offering, and the thigh that is offered, from the people of Israel, from their sacrifices of well-being, and have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons, as a perpetual due from the people of Israel. 
35 This is the portion allotted to Aaron and to his sons from the offerings made by fire to the Lord, once they have been brought forward to serve the Lord as priests; 
36 these the Lord commanded to be given them, when he anointed them, as a perpetual due from the people of Israel throughout their generations. 
37 This is the ritual of the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the offering of ordination, and the sacrifice of well-being, 
38 Which the Lord commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, when he commanded the people of Israel to bring their offerings to the Lord, in the wilderness of Sinai.

LEVITICUS 8 


1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 
2 Take Aaron and his sons with him, the vestments, the anointing oil, the bull of sin offering, the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread; 
3 and assemble the whole congregation at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 
4 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. When the congregation was assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting,
5 Moses said to the congregation, "This is what the Lord has commanded to be done." 
6 Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward, and washed them with water. 
7 He put the tunic on him, fastened the sash around him, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him. He then put the decorated band of the ephod around him, tying the ephod to him with it. 
8 He placed the breast piece on him, and in the breast piece he put the Urim and the Thummim.
9 And he set the turban on his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden ornament, the holy crown, as the Lord commanded Moses. 
10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. 
11 He sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the basin and its base, to consecrate them. 
12 He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him, to consecrate him. 
13 And Moses brought forward Aaron's sons, and clothed them with tunics, and fastened sashes around them, and tied headdresses on them, as the Lord commanded Moses. 
14 He led forward the bull of sin offering; and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bull of sin offering, 
15 and it was slaughtered. Moses took the blood and with his finger put some on each of the horns of the altar, purifying the altar; then he poured out the blood at the base of the altar. Thus he consecrated it, to make atonement for it. 
16 Moses took all the fat that was around the entrails, and the appendage of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and turned them into smoke on the altar. 
17 But the bull itself, its skin and flesh and its dung, he burned with fire outside the camp, as the Lord commanded Moses. 
18 Then he brought forward the ram of burnt offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram, 
19 and it was slaughtered. Moses dashed the blood against all sides of the altar. 
20 The ram was cut into its parts, and Moses turned into smoke the head and the parts and the suet. 
21 And after the entrails and the legs were washed with water, Moses turned into smoke the whole ram on the altar; it was a burnt offering for a pleasing odour, an offering by fire to the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses. 
22 Then he brought forward the second ram, the ram of ordination. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram, 
23 and it was slaughtered. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 
24 After Aaron's sons were brought forward, Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet; and Moses dashed the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar. 
25 He took the fat—the broad tail, all the fat that was around the entrails, the appendage of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat—and the right thigh. 
26 From the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord, he took one cake of unleavened bread, one cake of bread with oil, and one wafer, and placed them on the fat and on the right thigh. 
27 He placed all these on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and raised them as an elevation offering before the Lord. 
28 Then Moses took them from their hands and turned them into smoke on the altar with the burnt offering. This was an ordination offering for a pleasing odour, an offering by fire to the Lord. 
29 Moses took the breast and raised it as an elevation offering before the Lord; it was Moses' portion of the ram of ordination, as the Lord commanded Moses. 
30 Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his vestments, and also on his sons and their vestments. Thus he consecrated Aaron and his vestments, and also his sons and their vestments. 
31 And Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the flesh at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and eat it there with the bread that is in the basket of ordination offerings, as I was commanded, "Aaron and his sons shall eat it'; 
32 and what remains of the flesh and the bread you shall burn with fire.
33 You shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the day when your period of ordination is completed. For it will take seven days to ordain you; 
34 as has been done today, the Lord has commanded to be done to make atonement for you. 
35 You shall remain at the entrance of the tent of meeting day and night for seven days, keeping the Lord's charge so that you do not die; for so I am commanded." 
36 Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded through Moses.

LEVITICUS 9 

1 On the eighth day Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 
2 He said to Aaron, "Take a bull calf for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord. 
3 And say to the people of Israel, "Take a male goat for a sin offering; a calf and a lamb, yearlings without blemish, for a burnt offering; 
4 and an ox and a ram for an offering of well-being to sacrifice before the Lord; and a grain offering mixed with oil. For today the Lord will appear to you.' " 
5 They brought what Moses commanded to the front of the tent of meeting; and the whole congregation drew near and stood before the Lord. 
6 And Moses said, "This is the thing that the Lord commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you." 
7 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Draw near to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself and for the people; and sacrifice the offering of the people, and make atonement for them; as the Lord has commanded." 
8 Aaron drew near to the altar, and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. 
9 The sons of Aaron presented the blood to him, and he dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar; and the rest of the blood he poured out at the base of the altar. 
10 But the fat, the kidneys, and the appendage of the liver from the sin offering he turned into smoke on the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses; 
11 and the flesh and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp. 
12Then he slaughtered the burnt offering. Aaron's sons brought him the blood, and he dashed it against all sides of the altar. 
13 And they brought him the burnt offering piece by piece, and the head, which he turned into smoke on the altar.
14 He washed the entrails and the legs and, with the burnt offering, turned them into smoke on the altar. 
15 Next he presented the people's offering. He took the goat of the sin offering that was for the people, and slaughtered it, and presented it as a sin offering like the first one. 
16 He presented the burnt offering, and sacrificed it according to regulation. 
17 He presented the grain offering, and, taking a handful of it, he turned it into smoke on the altar, in addition to the burnt offering of the morning. 
18 He slaughtered the ox and the ram as a sacrifice of well-being for the people. Aaron's sons brought him the blood, which he dashed against all sides of the altar, 
19 And the fat of the ox and of the ram—the broad tail, the fat that covers the entrails, the two kidneys and the fat on them, and the appendage of the liver. 
20 They first laid the fat on the breasts, and the fat was turned into smoke on the altar; 
21 and the breasts and the right thigh Aaron raised as an elevation offering before the Lord, as Moses had commanded. 
22 Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them; and he came down after sacrificing the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the offering of well-being. 
23 Moses and Aaron entered the tent of meeting, and then came out and blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 
24 Fire came out from the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.