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Leviticus Sin Quotes

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Quote #1

Speak to the people of Israel, saying: When anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord's commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them: If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull of the herd without blemish as a sin offering to the Lord. (NRSV 4:2-3)

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the Lord for a sin offering. (KJV 4:2-3)

The Torah has literally hundreds of commandments, which have in turn been the subject of thousands of pages of rabbinical debate and technical explanations. God promises to be honor his covenant if his people repent, but what if, despite your best intentions, you accidentally commit a sin? No problem—Leviticus has you covered.

Quote #2

When any of you sin in that you have heard a public adjuration to testify and—though able to testify as one who has seen or learned of the matter—do not speak up, you are subject to punishment. (NRSV 5:1)

And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. (KJV 5:1)

Stop snitching may be the law of the streets, but it is not a law in Leviticus. A witness to a crime who fails to testify is guilty of a sin before God. That said, there's no criminal penalty for committing this sin, which makes God look like a pushover compared to McGruff the Crime Dog.

Quote #3

Now Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his censer, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered unholy fire before the Lord, such as he had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. (NRSV 10:1-2)

And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. (KJV 10:1-2)

Being careless when handling fire can be dangerous, as illustrated in this classic MTV reenactment of Nadab's and Abihu's fatal carelessness.

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