16:10 but the goat which has been designated by lot for Azazel is to be stood alive 1 before the Lord to make atonement on it by sending it away to Azazel into the wilderness. 2
16:22 The goat is to bear on itself all their iniquities into an inaccessible land, 3 so he is to send the goat away 4 in the wilderness.
16:26 and the one who sent the goat away to Azazel 5 must wash his clothes, bathe his body in water, and afterward he may reenter the camp.
2 tn Heb “to make atonement on it to send it away to Azazel toward the wilderness.”
3 tn The Hebrew term rendered “inaccessible” derives from a root meaning “to cut off” (cf. NAB “an isolated region”). Another possible translation would be “infertile land” (see HALOT 187 s.v. *גָּזֵּר and cf. NRSV “a barren region”; NLT “a desolate land.”