an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth –
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.
and must bring a flawless ram from the flock, convertible into silver shekels, 1 for a guilt offering to the priest. So the priest will make atonement 2 on his behalf for his error which he committed 3 (although he himself had not known it) and he will be forgiven. 4
He said to his father and mother, “I have not seen him,” 1 and he did not acknowledge his own brothers or know his own children, for they kept your word, and guarded your covenant.
Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cry for help! Do not ignore my sobbing! 1 For I am dependent on you, like one residing outside his native land; I am at your mercy, just as all my ancestors were. 2
For you are our father, though Abraham does not know us and Israel does not recognize us. You, Lord, are our father; you have been called our protector from ancient times. 1
For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, 1 I even found an altar with this inscription: 2 ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, 3 this I proclaim to you.
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, 1 “Praised be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent forth his angel 2 and has rescued his servants who trusted in him, ignoring 3 the edict of the king and giving up their bodies rather than 4 serve or pay homage to any god other than their God!
You have destroyed 1 my people by failing to acknowledge me! Because you refuse to acknowledge me, 2 I will reject you as my priests. Because you reject 3 the law of your God, I will reject 4 your descendants.
From the days of your ancestors you have ignored 1 my commandments 2 and have not kept them! Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. “But you say, ‘How should we return?’
“‘If the whole congregation of Israel strays unintentionally 1 and the matter is not noticed by 2 the assembly, and they violate one of the Lord’s commandments, which must not be violated, 3 so they become guilty,
And the whole community 1 of the Israelites and the resident foreigner who lives among them will be forgiven, since all the people were involved in the unintentional offense.
“‘If any person 1 sins unintentionally, then he must bring a yearling female goat for a purification offering.