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Leviticus 4:3

Context
For the Priest

4:3 “‘If the high priest 1  sins so that the people are guilty, 2  on account of the sin he has committed he must present a flawless young bull to the Lord 3  for a sin offering. 4 

Leviticus 4:13

Context
For the Whole Congregation

4:13 “‘If the whole congregation of Israel strays unintentionally 5  and the matter is not noticed by 6  the assembly, and they violate one of the Lord’s commandments, which must not be violated, 7  so they become guilty,

Leviticus 4:27

Context
For the Common Person

4:27 “‘If an ordinary individual 8  sins by straying unintentionally 9  when he violates one of the Lord’s commandments which must not be violated, 10  and he pleads guilty

Leviticus 4:32

Context

4:32 “‘But if he brings a sheep as his offering, for a sin offering, he must bring a flawless female.

1 tn Heb “the anointed priest” (so ASV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV). This refers to the high priest (cf. TEV, CEV, NLT).

2 tn Heb “to the guilt of the people”; NRSV “thus bringing guilt on the people.”

3 tn Heb “and he shall offer on his sin which he sinned, a bull, a son of the herd, flawless.”

4 sn The word for “sin offering” (sometimes translated “purification offering”) is the same as the word for “sin” earlier in the verse. One can tell which rendering is intended only by the context. The primary purpose of the “sin offering” (חַטָּאת, khattat) was to “purge” (כִּפֶּר, kipper, “to make atonement,” see 4:20, 26, 31, 35, and the notes on Lev 1:4 and esp. Lev 16:20, 33) the sanctuary or its furniture in order to cleanse it from any impurities and/or (re)consecrate it for holy purposes (see, e.g., Lev 8:15; 16:19). By making this atonement the impurities of the person or community were cleansed and the people became clean. See R. E. Averbeck, NIDOTTE 2:93-103.

5 tn Heb “strays”; KJV “sin through ignorance.” The verb “strays” here is the verbal form of the noun in the expression “by straying” (see the note on Lev 4:2 above).

6 tn Heb “is concealed from the eyes of”; NASB, NRSV, NLT “escapes the notice of.”

7 tn Heb “and they do one from all the commandments of the Lord which must not be done” (cf. v. 2).

8 tn Heb “an individual from the people of the land”; cf. NASB “anyone of the common people” (KJV, ASV both similar); NAB “a private person.”

9 tn Heb “If one person sins by straying, from the people of the land.” See Lev 4:2 for a note on “straying.”

10 tn Heb “by doing it, one from the commandments of the Lord which must not be done.”



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