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Leviticus 16:8-10 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Aaron will throw lots for the two goats. One lot will be for the Lord. The other lot will be for Azazel.[a]

“Then Aaron will offer the goat chosen by the lot for the Lord. Aaron will make this goat a sin offering. 10 But the goat chosen by the lot for Azazel will be brought alive before the Lord. Then this goat will be sent out to Azazel in the desert. This is to make the people pure.


  1. Leviticus 16:8 Azazel This name means “scapegoat,” “the goat for God,” or “the goat demon.” This might be the name of a particular place in the desert where the goat was released. Also in verse 10, 26.
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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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