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If a person’s offering is a whole burnt offering[a] selected from the herd, he shall present a male without blemish. He shall present it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting so that it[b] will be accepted before the Lord. He shall lay[c] his hand on the head of the burnt offering so that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. He shall slaughter the young bull[d] before the Lord. Then Aaron’s sons, the priests, shall present the blood and splash the blood against all the sides of the altar at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

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  1. Leviticus 1:3 This offering (the ‘olah, that which goes up) was completely burned up on the altar. It is, therefore, called the whole burnt offering to distinguish it from the other sacrifices, which were only partially burned on the altar. The full name, the whole burnt offering, is sometimes abbreviated to the burnt offering.
  2. Leviticus 1:3 Or he
  3. Leviticus 1:4 Or press
  4. Leviticus 1:5 Literally son of a bull. Son may simply indicate a class rather than an age.