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Leviticus The Supernatural Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

But its entrails and its legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall turn the whole into smoke on the altar as a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. (NRSV 1:9)

But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord. (KJV 1:9)

By this point, the image of God as an ethereal aroma sniffer is little more than a metaphor for "Hey Israel, he likes it!" 

Quote #2

Moses and Aaron entered the tent of meeting, and then came out and blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Fire came out from the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. (NRSV 9:23-24)

And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. (KJV 9:23-24)

The fire of God might not be in the Tabernacle today, but wow, Israelites, you should have been there when it happened. At least there's still the eternal flame left behind by God's awesome fire from above. Honest.

Quote #3

And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the Lord meant when he said, 'Through those who are near me I will show myself holy, and before all the people I will be glorified.' " And Aaron was silent. (NRSV 10:2-3)

And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. (KJV 10:2-3)

This passage is best summarized by the following excerpt from the script for the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie on the life of Moses:

God: Yo, Aaron, remember when you did that whole golden calf thing despite my clear commands against idolatry? Well, it's payback time.

Aaron: :-(

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