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.
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19 Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats.

20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.

22 Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the Lord, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the Lord.

23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

24 Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut; neither shall ye make any offering thereof in your land.

25 Neither from a stranger's hand shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these; because their corruption is in them, and blemishes be in them: they shall not be accepted for you.

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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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17 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the Lord thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the Lord thy God.

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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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And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.

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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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13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.

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