but the fire which is on the altar must be kept burning on it. 1 It must not be extinguished. So the priest must kindle wood on it morning by morning, and he must arrange the burnt offering on it and offer the fat of the peace offering up in smoke on it.
The thigh of the contribution offering and the breast of the wave offering they must bring in addition to the gifts of the fat parts to wave them as a wave offering before the Lord, and it will belong to you and your sons with you for a perpetual statute just as the Lord has commanded.”
But you must not redeem the firstborn of a cow or a sheep or a goat; they are holy. You must splash 1 their blood on the altar and burn their fat for an offering made by fire for a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
Even before they burned the fat, the priest’s attendant would come and say to the person who was making the sacrifice, “Hand over some meat for the priest to roast! He won’t take boiled meat from you, but only raw.” 1
From the blood of the slain, from the fat of warriors, the bow of Jonathan was not turned away. The sword of Saul never returned 1 empty.
and from the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord he took one unleavened loaf, one loaf of bread mixed with olive oil, and one wafer, 1 and placed them on the fat parts and on the right thigh.
Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? 1 Certainly, 2 obedience 3 is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than 4 the fat of rams.
Afterward they made preparations for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the descendants of Aaron, were offering burnt sacrifices and fat portions until evening. The Levites made preparations for themselves and for the priests, the descendants of Aaron.
They captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took possession of houses full of all sorts of good things – wells previously dug, vineyards, olive trees, and fruit trees in abundance. They ate until they were full 1 and grew fat. They enjoyed to the full your great goodness.
Next, the one presenting the offering 1 must cut it into parts, with its head and its suet, and the priest must arrange them on the wood which is in the fire, on the altar.
I will seek the lost and bring back the strays; I will bandage the injured and strengthen the sick, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them – with judgment!