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21 Laying both hands[a] on its head, he shall confess over it all the iniquities of the Israelites and their trespasses, including all their sins, and so put them on the goat’s head.(A) He shall then have it led into the wilderness by an attendant. 22 The goat will carry off all their iniquities to an isolated region.(B)

When the goat is dispatched into the wilderness,

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  1. 16:21 Both hands: this gesture is for transferring sins to the head of the goat and is apparently different in meaning from the one-handed gesture that precedes the slaughtering of sacrificial animals (1:4; 3:2; 4:4; see note on 1:4).