19 you must present a male without defect(A) from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.(B) 20 Do not bring anything with a defect,(C) because it will not be accepted on your behalf.(D) 21 When anyone brings from the herd or flock(E) a fellowship offering(F) to the Lord to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering,(G) it must be without defect or blemish(H) to be acceptable.(I) 22 Do not offer to the Lord the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord. 23 You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox[a] or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow. 24 You must not offer to the Lord an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut.(J) You must not do this in your own land, 25 and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God.(K) They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.(L)’”

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 22:23 The Hebrew word can refer to either male or female.

17 Do not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect(A) or flaw in it, for that would be detestable(B) to him.(C)

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When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals,(A) is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased(B) with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.(C)

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13 And you say, ‘What a burden!’(A) and you sniff at it contemptuously,(B)” says the Lord Almighty.

“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices,(C) should I accept them from your hands?”(D) says the Lord.

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