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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

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Holocausts. 1The LORD called Moses, and from the meeting tent gave him this message: 2 a Lv 22, 18. 19 . “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When any one of you wishes to bring an animal offering to the LORD, such an offering must be from the herd or from the flock.*

3“If his holocaust* offering is from the herd, it must be a male without blemish. b Ex 12, 5 . To find favor with the LORD, he shall bring it to the entrance of the meeting tent 4and there lay his hand on the head of the holocaust, so that it may be acceptable to make atonement for him. c Lv 3, 2. 8. 13; 4, 15; 8, 14. 22; 16, 21; Ex 29, 10. 15 . 5He shall then slaughter the bull before the LORD, but Aaron's sons, the priests, shall offer up its blood by splashing it on the sides of the altar which is at the entrance of the meeting tent. d Lv 3, 8 . 6Then he shall skin the holocaust and cut it up into pieces. 7After Aaron's sons, the priests, have put some burning embers on the altar and laid some wood on them, 8they shall lay the pieces of meat, together with the head and the suet, on top of the wood and embers on the altar. 9The inner organs and the shanks, however, the offerer shall first wash with water. The priest shall then burn the whole offering on the altar as a holocaust, a sweet‐smelling oblation to the LORD. e Lv 3, 5. 16; Ex 29, 18 .

10“If his holocaust offering is from the flock, that is, a sheep or a goat, he must bring a male without blemish. 11This he shall slaughter before the LORD at the north side of the altar. Then Aaron's sons, the priests, shall splash its blood on the sides of the altar. 12When the offerer has cut it up into pieces, the priest shall lay these, together with the head and suet, on top of the wood and the fire on the altar. 13The inner organs and the shanks, however, the offerer shall first wash with water. The priest shall offer them up and then burn the whole offering on the altar as a holocaust, a sweet‐smelling oblation to the LORD.

14“If he offers a bird as a holocaust to the LORD, he shall choose a turtledove or a pigeon as his offering. f Lv 5, 7; 12, 8; Lk 2, 24 . 15Having brought it to the altar where it is to be burned, the priest shall snap its head loose and squeeze out its blood against the side of the altar. g Lv 5, 8 . 16Its crop and feathers shall be removed and thrown on the ash heap at the east side of the altar. 17Then, having split the bird down the middle without separating the halves, the priest shall burn it on the altar, over the wood on the fire, as a holocaust, a sweet2010;smelling oblation to the LORD.

Notes:

a: Lv 22, 18. 19 .

b: Ex 12, 5 .

c: Lv 3, 2. 8. 13; 4, 15; 8, 14. 22; 16, 21; Ex 29, 10. 15 .

d: Lv 3, 8 .

e: Lv 3, 5. 16; Ex 29, 18 .

f: Lv 5, 7; 12, 8; Lk 2, 24 .

g: Lv 5, 8 .

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