13 “‘If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally(A) and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, when they realize their guilt

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27 “‘If any member of the community sins unintentionally(A) and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, when they realize their guilt

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15 “When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally(A) in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty(B) a ram(C) from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel.[a](D) It is a guilt offering.(E) 16 They must make restitution(F) for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value(G) and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven.

17 “If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though they do not know it,(H) they are guilty and will be held responsible.(I) 18 They are to bring to the priest as a guilt offering(J) a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the wrong they have committed unintentionally, and they will be forgiven.(K)

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  1. Leviticus 5:15 That is, about 2/5 ounce or about 12 grams

14 “‘Anyone who eats a sacred offering by mistake(A) must make restitution to the priest for the offering and add a fifth of the value(B) to it.

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24 and if this is done unintentionally(A) without the community being aware of it,(B) then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offering(C) as an aroma pleasing to the Lord,(D) along with its prescribed grain offering(E) and drink offering,(F) and a male goat for a sin offering.[a](G) 25 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven,(H) for it was not intentional(I) and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offering(J) and a sin offering.(K) 26 The whole Israelite community and the foreigners residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong.(L)

27 “‘But if just one person sins unintentionally,(M) that person must bring a year-old female goat for a sin offering.(N) 28 The priest is to make atonement(O) before the Lord for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven.(P) 29 One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you.(Q)

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  1. Numbers 15:24 Or purification offering; also in verses 25 and 27

11 select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone(A) accidentally(B) may flee. 12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger,(C) so that anyone accused of murder(D) may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.(E) 13 These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge.(F) 14 Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge. 15 These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for foreigners residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.

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so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally(A) may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.(B)

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Any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing among them who killed someone accidentally(A) could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.(B)

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But only the high priest entered(A) the inner room,(B) and that only once a year,(C) and never without blood,(D) which he offered for himself(E) and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.(F)

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