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21 If a man presents a peace-offering sacrifice to the Lord for a special votive offering[a] or for a freewill offering from the herd or the flock, it must be flawless to be acceptable;[b] it must have no flaw.[c]

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  1. Leviticus 22:21 tn The meaning of the expression לְפַלֵּא־נֶדֶר (lefalleʾ neder) rendered here “for a special votive offering” is much debated. Some take it as an expression for fulfilling a vow, “to fulfill a vow” (e.g., HALOT 927-28 s.v. פלא piel and NASB; cf. NAB, NRSV “in fulfillment of a vow”) or, alternatively, “to make a vow” or “for making a vow” (HALOT 928 s.v. פלא piel [II פלא]). Perhaps it refers to the making a special vow, from the verb פָלַא (palaʾ, “to be wonderful, to be remarkable”); cf. J. Milgrom, Numbers (JPSTC), 44. B. A. Levine, Leviticus (JPSTC), 151 and 193, suggests that this is a special term for “setting aside a votive offering” (related to פָּלָה [palah, “to set aside”]). In general, the point of the expression seems to be that this sacrifice arises as a special gift to God out of special circumstances in the life of the worshiper.
  2. Leviticus 22:21 tn Heb “for acceptance”; NAB “if it is to find acceptance.”
  3. Leviticus 22:21 tn Heb “all/any flaw shall not be in it.”

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