Condemn them, 1 O God! May their own schemes be their downfall! 2 Drive them away 3 because of their many acts of insurrection, 4 for they have rebelled against you.
Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them. 1
So like a lion from the thicket their enemies will kill them. Like a wolf from the desert they will destroy them. Like a leopard they will lie in wait outside their cities and totally destroy anyone who ventures out. 1 For they have rebelled so much and done so many unfaithful things. 2
so that the house of Israel will no longer go astray from me, nor continue to defile themselves by all their sins. They will be my people and I will be their God, 1 declares the sovereign Lord.’”
They will not defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, and all their rebellious deeds. I will save them from all their unfaithfulness 1 by which they sinned. I will purify them; they will become my people and I will become their God.
Aaron is to lay his two hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities of the Israelites and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins, 1 and thus he is to put them 2 on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man standing ready. 3