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and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth

with milk and honey : I [am] the LORD your God, which 25 have separated you from (other] people. Ye shall therefore

put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean : and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living

thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated 26 from you as unclean. And ye shall be holy unto me : for I

the LORD [am] holy, and have severed you from (other) peo

ple, that ye should be mine. 27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is

a wizard, shall surely be put to death : they shall stone them with stones : their blood [shall be] upon them.


Of the priests' mourning, and marriages. 1 ND the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests

the sons of Aaron, to the inferior priests, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people, by attending a funeral, or assisting at it : (hereby peo

file contracted a defilement of seven days, Num. xix. 14, 16.) 2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, (that is,] for his mother,

and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and 3 for his brother, And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto

him, which hath had no husband ; for her may he be defiled ; 4, it is his duty to bury and mourn for such near kindred. (But]

he shall not defile himself, [being] a chief man among his people, since he is one in a more eminent station than any of the people, to profane himself, make himself as a common person 5 and unclean, and so unfit to execute his office, They shall not

make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off

the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. 6 They shall be holy unto their God, always ready for his ser.

vice ; and not profane the name of their God, not disparage his service by making it give way to such slight occasions : for the offerings of the Lord made by fire, [and] the bread of

their God, they do offer : therefore they shall be holy. 7 They shall not take a wife (that is] a whore, or profane ;

neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband : 8 for he [is] holy unto his God. Thou shalt sanctify him

therefore : for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee : for I the LORD, which sanctify you [am] holy.

And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father, exposes his per son and office to contempt : she shall be burnt with fire.

And she that is] the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes, shall not put off his mitre, to put on a

mourning habit, but continue in the exercise of his office ; !1 Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself 12 for his father, or for his mother ; Neither shall he go out of

the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God [is] upon him : I [am]

the LORD. 13 14 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. A widow, or

a divorced woman, or profane, [or] an harlot, these shall he

not take : but he shall take a virgin of his own people, of 15 some of the tribes of Israel, (Ezek. xliv. 22.) to wife. Neither

shall he profane his seed among his people, shall not render his sons unfit for the priestly office, by marrying any here for

bidden : for 1 the Lord do sanctify him. 16 17 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto

Aaron, saying, Whosoever (he be] of thy seed in their gen

erations that hath [any] blemish, let him not approach to 18 offer the bread of his God.* For whatsoever man [he be]

that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man,

or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superflu19 ous, Or a man that is broken footed, or broken handed, Or 20 crook backed, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, 21 or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken ; No

man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire :

he hath a blemish ; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread 22 of his God. He shall eat the bread of his God, [both] of the

most holy, and of the holy : involuntary weaknesses debar not 23 from benefit by ordinances. Only he shall not go in unto the

veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blem

ish ; that he profane not my sanctuaries : for I the LORD 24 do sanctify them. And Moses told [it] unto Aaron, and to CHAP. XXII.

his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.

This may teach all christians, especially ministers, what purity and perfection of heart and life they should labour after ; and

that notorious blemishes, either in the mind of conversation, render a man unfit for the ministerial office.


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When the priests are to abstain from holy things, 1 ND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto 2

from the holy things of the children of Israel, when they are under any deflement, and that they profane not my holy name

[in those things] which they hallow unto me : I sam] the 3 Lord. Say unto them, Whosoever (he be] of all your seed

among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, to eat of, or touch the sacrifices, which the children of Israel hallow unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, that

soul shall be cut off from my presence : I [am] the LORD. 4. What man soever of the seed of Aaron [is] a leper, or hath

a running issue ; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he

be clean. And whoso toucheth any thing [that is) unclean 5 [by) the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him ; Or

whosoever toucheth any creeping thing that is dead, whereby

he may be made unclean, or a man of whom he may take 6 uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath ; The soul

which hath touched any such shall be unclean until even, and

shall not eat of the holy things, unless he wash his flesh with 7 water. And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and

shall afterward eat of the holy things ; because it [is] his food. 8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn (with beasts,] he shall 9 not eat to defile himself therewith : I (am) the LORD. They

shall therefore keep mine ordinance, lest they bear sin for it, and die therefore, if they profane it : I the LORD do sanctify

them. 10 There shall no stranger oat [of] the holy thing : a so

journer of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat [of] 11 the holy thing. But if the priest buy (any) soul with his

money, he shall eat of it, and he that is born in his house : 12 they shall eat of his meat. If the priest's daughter also be

(married) unto a stranger, she may not eat of an offering of 13 the holy things. But if the priest's daughter be a widow, or

divorced, and have no child, and is returned unto her father's house, as in her youth, she shall eat of her father's meat:

but there shall no stranger eat thereof. '14 And if a man eat [of] the holy thing unwittingly, then

he shall put the fifth (part) thereof unto it, and shall give [it]

unto the priest with the holy thing, that is, with the value of it. 15 And they, whether priests or people, shall not profane the holy

things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the 16 LORD ; Or suffer them to bear the iniquity of trespass, when

they eat their holy things; that is, the priests shall not suffer the people to incur any guilt in these respects : for I the LORD do sanctify them.

17 18 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto

Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whatsover [he be] of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, proselytes, or converted gentiles, that will offer his oblation for all his vows, and

for all his freewill offerings, which they will offer unto the 19 LORD for a burnt offering : (Ye shall offer) at your own

will, what and when you please, a male without blemish, of the 20 beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats. [But] whatsoever hath

a blemish, [that] shall ye not offer: for it shall not be accepta 21 able for you. And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace

offerings unto the LORD to accomplish [his] vow, or a free

will offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be ac22 cepted ; there shall be no blemish therein. Blind, or brok

en, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye

shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an offering by 23 fire of them upon the altar unto the Lord. 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 24 for a vow it shall not be accepted. 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 25 land. Neither from a stranger's hand shall ye offer the bread

of your God of any of these ; because their corruption [is] in them, they are vicious and unlawful sacrifices, [and] blem

ishes (be) in them : they shall not be accepted for you. 26 27 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, When a bul

lock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam ; and from the eighth day and

thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire 28 unto the LORD. And [whether it be] cow or ewe, ye shall

not 29 And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving into the 30 LORD, offer [it] at your own will. On the same day it shall

be eaten up ; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow : I

[am] the LORD. 31 Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them : 32 I (am] the LORD. Neither shall ye profane my holy name ;

but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel : I 33 [am] the Lord which hallow you, That brought you out

of the land of Egypt, to be your God : 1 [am] the LORD.



Of several feasts, and the day of atonement. Some account has becte

given of these in various places before, but here they are all relato ed together. 1 ND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto 2

the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim (to be] holy convocations, times to meet together for my worship, [even]

these [are) my feasts.* 3 Six days shall work be done : but the seventh day [is] the

sabbath of rest, an holy convocation ; ye shall do no work (therein :) il [is] the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwell

ings. 4 These [are] the feasts of the Lord, [even) holy convoca5 tions, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the four

teenth [day] of the first month at even [is] the Lord's pass

over. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month [is] the feast

of unleavened bread unto the Lord : seven days ye must 7 eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy 8 convocation : ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye

shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days : in the seventh day [is] an holy convocation : ye shall

do no servile work (therein.t] 9 10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the

children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the har

vest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf, or handful, of the 11 first fruits of your harvest unto the priest :t And he shall

wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you, that God may accept of you, and bless you in the rest of your har

vest : on the mosrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave 12 it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an

he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt 13 offering unto the Lord. And the meat offering thereof

[shall be] two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the Lord [for) a sweet savour :

and the drink offering thereof (shall be] of wine, the fourth 14 [part] of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched

• There were muy feasts among their neighbours, kept in honour of their gods; therefore these were established.

The people came to these feasts, not merely to attend sacrifices, but to do public honour to God; to show reverence for his administration ; to promore brotherly love ; keep up acquaintance with each other, and to prevent any from running into idolatry.

+ Dressing food and journeying were allowed on other days of rest, but were forbid den on the sabbath.

1 They were to eat none of their new corn till some part of it had been offered to God.

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