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Leviticus 6:18

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6:18 Every male among the sons of Aaron may eat it. It is a perpetual allotted portion 1  throughout your generations 2  from the gifts of the Lord. Anyone who touches these gifts 3  must be holy.’” 4 

1 tn Or “a perpetual regulation”; cf. NASB “a permanent ordinance”; NRSV “as their perpetual due.”

2 tn Heb “for your generations”; cf. NIV “for the generations to come.”

3 tn Heb “touches them”; the referent has been specified in the translation for clarity. In this context “them” must refer to the “gifts” of the Lord.

4 tn Or “anyone/anything that touches them shall become holy” (J. Milgrom, Leviticus [AB], 1:443-56). The question is whether this refers to the contagious nature of holy objects (cf. NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT) or whether it simply sets forth a demand that anyone who touches the holy gifts of the Lord must be a holy person (cf. CEV). See R. E. Averbeck, NIDOTTE 2:900-902.



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