The priests must not desecrate the sacred offerings the Israelites present to the LORD
‘They shall not profane the holy gifts of the sons of Israel which they offer to the LORD,
No one may defile the sacred offerings brought to the LORD by the Israelites
"The priests must not treat with irreverence the holy offerings of the Israelites that they contribute to GOD
And they may not make common the holy things which the children of Israel give to the Lord,
No one shall profane the sacred donations of the people of Israel, which they offer to the LORD,
‘They shall not profane the holy offerings of the children of Israel, which they offer to the LORD,
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1 tn Contextually, “They” could refer either to the people (v. 14a; cf. NRSV “No one”) or the priests (v. 14b; cf. NIV “The priests”), but the latter seems more likely (see J. E. Hartley, Leviticus [WBC], 356, and B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 150). The priests were responsible to see that the portions of the offerings that were to be consumed by the priests as prebends did not become accessible to the people. Mistakes in this matter (cf. v. 14) would bring “guilt” on the people, requiring punishment (v. 16).
2 tn The Hebrew verb הֵרִים (herim, rendered “contribute” here) is commonly used for setting aside portions of an offering (see, e.g., Lev 4:8-10 and R. E. Averbeck, NIDOTTE 4:335-36).
3 tn Heb “the holy offerings of the sons of Israel which they contribute to the