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Leviticus 16:8-10 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

where I will show you[a] which goat will be sacrificed to me and which one will be sent into the desert to the demon Azazel.[b] After you offer the first goat as a sacrifice for sin, 10 the other one must be presented to me alive, before you send it into the desert to take away the sins of the people.


  1. 16.8 I will show you: The Hebrew text has “you must cast lots to find out.” Pieces of wood or stone (called “lots”) were used to find out what God wanted his people to do.
  2. 16.8 Azazel: It was believed that a demon named Azazel lived in the desert.

Leviticus 16:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat.[a] Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering. 10 But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.


  1. Leviticus 16:8 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verses 10 and 26.
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