Leviticus 9

The priests begin their work

1 On the 8th (eighth) day, Moses told Aaron and his sons and the leaders of Israel that they must come. 2 He said to Aaron, ‘Bring a young male cow for your sin offering. And bring a male sheep for your burnt offering. They must be perfect to give to the LORD.’ 3 Moses said to Aaron, ‘Tell Israel's people that they must bring a male goat for a sin offering. And they must bring a young cow and a young sheep. The young cow and the young sheep must be one year old. They must be perfect to burn as an offering. 4 Tell Israel's people that they must bring a male cow and a male sheep. They must bring them to sacrifice as a fellowship offering to the LORD. They will sacrifice them. They must mix grain and oil to offer with them. They must do that because the LORD will appear to them today.’

9:4Aaron was now the high priest.

5 The people brought all the animals and the grain to the door of the Tent of Meeting. Moses and all the people came. And they stood at the door of the Tent of Meeting to worship the LORD. 6 Moses said to the people, ‘The LORD has told you that you must do this. Do it. And then the LORD will show you how great he is.’

7 Moses said to Aaron, ‘Go to the altar. Sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering to the Lord. You must do this so that he will forgive your sins and those of the people. Then sacrifice the people's gift. Their offerings are an atonement for the bad things that they have done. The LORD said that you should do this.’

8 Aaron brought the young male cow to the altar. He killed it. This was his offering to the LORD to atone for his sin. 9 His sons brought the blood to Aaron. He put his finger in the blood and he put it on the corners of the altar. He poured the blood that he did not use on to the floor in front of the altar. 10 Aaron burnt the fat, the kidneys and the best piece of the liver on the altar. This was an offering for his sin. He did it as the LORD had told Moses. 11 He took the meat and the skin from the young male cow outside the camp and he burnt it.

12 Aaron brought the male sheep for the burnt offering to the altar. He killed it. His sons brought the blood to him. He threw the blood on to the sides of the altar. 13 The priests gave the pieces of the animal, including the head, to Aaron. Aaron burnt them on the altar. 14 He washed the inside parts and the legs. He burnt them on the altar on top of the burnt offering.

15 Aaron brought the goat. This was the people's sacrifice to God. Aaron killed it and he burnt it on the altar. It was an offering to atone for the people's sin. He offered this sacrifice in the same way as the first sacrifice for sin.

16 Aaron brought the other young cow. He killed it and he burnt it on the altar. He did it as Moses had told him. 17 He also brought the grain offering. He took some of it and he burnt it on the altar. He burnt it with the morning sacrifice.

18 Aaron killed the male cow and the male sheep. These were fellowship offerings from the people. The priests brought the blood to him. He threw it on to the sides of the altar. 19 Aaron took the fat tail, the fat and the kidneys and the best piece of the liver. 20 He put them on the animal's breasts. Then he burnt the fat on the altar. 21 Aaron lifted up the meat as an offering to the LORD. Moses had told him that he must do this.

22 When Aaron had finished burning the gifts, he lifted up his hands over the people. He had sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings. Then he asked God to do good things for the people. And Aaron came down from the altar.

23 Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they asked God to do good things for the people. The bright light from the LORD appeared to the people to show how great he is. 24 Then the LORD sent a fire to show that he accepted the gifts. It completely burnt all the fat and the offerings that were on the altar. The people were very happy when they saw this. They shouted and they fell down with their faces to the ground.

9:24Any gift that the people gave to the LORD must be pure (clean and whole). This was very important. The people had to see that the LORD was holy. Nothing that was not good or pure could come near him.