“Command Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering. The burnt offering is to remain on the hearth 1 on the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar must be kept burning on it. 2
“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the law of the sin offering. In the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered the sin offering must be slaughtered before the Lord. It is most holy. 1
the priest is to examine the infection, 1 and if 2 it appears to be deeper than the skin 3 and the hair in it is reddish yellow and thin, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 4 It is scall, 5 a disease of the head or the beard. 6
If, however, 1 it is among the unclean animals, he may ransom it according to 2 its conversion value and must add one fifth to it, but if it is not redeemed it must be sold according to its conversion value.
Then the priest will offer one for a purification offering 1 and the other 2 as a burnt offering, 3 and make atonement 4 for him, because of his transgression 5 in regard to the corpse. So he must reconsecrate 6 his head on that day.
He must rededicate 1 to the Lord the days of his separation and bring a male lamb in its first year as a reparation offering, 2 but the former days will not be counted 3 because his separation 4 was defiled.
“This is the law 1 of the Nazirite who vows to the Lord his offering according to his separation, as well as whatever else he can provide. 2 Thus he must fulfill 3 his vow that he makes, according to the law of his separation.”
And those men said to him, “We are ceremonially defiled by the dead body of a man; why are we kept back from offering the Lord’s offering at its appointed time among the Israelites?”
But 1 the man who is ceremonially clean, and was not on a journey, and fails 2 to keep the Passover, that person must be cut off from his people. 3 Because he did not bring the Lord’s offering at its appointed time, that man must bear his sin. 4
“And this is yours: the raised offering of their gift, along with all the wave offerings of the Israelites. I have given them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as a perpetual ordinance. Everyone who is ceremonially clean in your household may eat of it.
The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer must wash his clothes and be ceremonially unclean until evening. This will be a permanent ordinance both for the Israelites and the resident foreigner who lives among them.
But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself, that person must be cut off from among the community, because he has polluted the sanctuary of the Lord; the water of purification was not sprinkled on him, so he is unclean.
After they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. They fasted on that day, and they confessed 1 there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” So Samuel led 2 the people of Israel at Mizpah.
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.
To this very day they observe their earlier practices. They do not worship 1 the Lord; they do not obey the rules, regulations, law, and commandments that the Lord gave 2 the descendants of Jacob, whom he renamed Israel.
He passed his son 1 through the fire 2 and practiced divination and omen reading. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits, and appointed magicians to supervise it. 3 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 4
The sovereign master 1 says, “These people say they are loyal to me; 2 they say wonderful things about me, 3 but they are not really loyal to me. 4 Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual. 5
They offer up sacrificial gifts to me, and eat the meat, but the Lord does not accept their sacrifices. 1 Soon he will remember their wrongdoing, he will punish their sins, and they will return to Egypt.