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If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it at the door of the Tent of Meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord.(A)

And he shall lay [both] his hands upon the head of the burnt offering [transferring symbolically his guilt to the victim], and it shall be [a]an acceptable atonement for him.(B)

The man shall kill the young bull before the Lord, and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall present the blood and dash [it] round about upon the altar that is at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

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  1. Leviticus 1:4 To render the self-sacrifice perfect, it was necessary that the offerer should spiritually die, sinking it as it were into the death of the sacrifice that had died for him, so that through the mediator of his salvation he should put his soul into a living fellowship with the Lord and bring his bodily members within the operations of the gracious Spirit of God. Thereby he would be renewed and sanctified [separated for holy use], both body and soul, and enter into union with God (Karl Keil and F. Delitzsch, Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament).

“‘If the offering is a burnt offering(A) from the herd,(B) you are to offer a male without defect.(C) You must present it at the entrance to the tent(D) of meeting so that it will be acceptable(E) to the Lord. You are to lay your hand on the head(F) of the burnt offering,(G) and it will be accepted(H) on your behalf to make atonement(I) for you. You are to slaughter(J) the young bull(K) before the Lord, and then Aaron’s sons(L) the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar(M) at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

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