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Numbers 15Modern English Version (MEV)

Laws of Grain and Drink Offerings

15 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you come into the land of your dwelling, which I am giving to you, when you make an offering by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or as a freewill offering, or in your appointed feasts, to make a pleasing aroma to the Lord, of the herd or of the flock, then he who brings his offering to the Lord will bring a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah[a] of flour mixed with the fourth part of a hin[b] of oil. One-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering you will prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for each lamb.

Or for a ram, you will make a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah[c] of flour mixed with one-third of a hin[d] of oil. As a drink offering you will offer one-third of a hin of wine, as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

When you prepare a bull as a burnt offering, or as a sacrifice in performing a vow, or as a peace offering to the Lord, then shall be brought with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah[e] of flour mixed with one-half a hin[f] of oil. 10 You will bring as a drink offering one-half a hin of wine, as a fire offering, as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 11 Thus it will be done for one herd animal, or for one ram, or for a flock animal, whether from the sheep or from the goats. 12 According to the number that you will make, so you will do for every one according to their number.

13 Every native Israelite will do these things in this manner, in offering a fire offering as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 14 A foreigner who lives with you, or who resides among you throughout your generations, and would present a fire offering, a pleasing aroma to the Lord, shall do as you do. 15 One ordinance will be for you of the assembly and for the foreigner who lives with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations. As you are, so will the foreigner be before the Lord. 16 One law and one justice will be for you and for the foreigner who lives with you.

17 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you come into the land where I bring you, 19 then it will be, when you eat of the bread of the land you will offer up an offering to the Lord. 20 From the first of your dough you will offer a cake as an offering. As you make the offering of the threshing floor, so will you offer it. 21 Of the first of your dough you will give to the Lord an offering throughout your generations.

Laws About Unintentional Sins

22 If you have erred and not observed all these commandments which the Lord has spoken to Moses, 23 even all that the Lord has commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the Lord commanded Moses and onward through your generations, 24 then it will be, if it is committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the assembly, that all the assembly will offer one young bull as a burnt offering, as a pleasing aroma to the Lord, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one kid of the goats as a sin offering. 25 The priest will make atonement for all the assembly of the children of Israel, and it will be forgiven them because it is ignorance, and they will bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord, for their ignorance. 26 And it will be forgiven all the assembly of the children of Israel and the foreigner who lives among them, because all the people were in ignorance.

27 If a person sins unintentionally, then he will bring a year-old female goat as a sin offering. 28 The priest will make an atonement for the person who sins unintentionally, when he sins by ignorance before the Lord, to make an atonement for him; and it will be forgiven him. 29 You shall have one law for the person who acts through ignorance, for the natural-born citizen among the children of Israel and foreigner who lives in your midst.

Laws About Intentional Sins

30 But the person who acts by a high hand, the natural-born citizen or the foreigner, the same reviles the Lord, and that person will be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandment, that person will be totally cut off. His iniquity will be on him.

The Sabbath-Breaker Executed

32 While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 The ones who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the assembly. 34 They put him in confinement because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35 The Lord said to Moses, “The man will surely die. All the assembly will stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 All the assembly brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died as the Lord commanded Moses.

Tassels on Garments

37 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 38 Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them to make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout the generations to come, and they will put a ribbon of blue on the corners of their garments. 39 And it will be for you a tassel, and you will see it, and you will remember all the commandments of the Lord, and you will do them, and you will not follow the lust of your own heart and your own eyes. 40 So shall you remember and do all My commandments, and be holy to your God. 41 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 15:4 Likely about 3½ pounds, or 1.6 kilograms.
  2. Numbers 15:4 About 1 quart, or 1 liter; and in v. 5.
  3. Numbers 15:6 Likely about 7 pounds, or 3.2 kilograms.
  4. Numbers 15:6 About 1⅓ quarts, or 1.3 liters; and in v. 7.
  5. Numbers 15:9 Likely about 11 pounds, or 5 kilograms.
  6. Numbers 15:9 About 2 quarts, or 1.9 liters; and in v. 10.
Modern English Version (MEV)

The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

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