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Numbers 15:17-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land where I am bringing you, 19 then it shall be, that when you eat from the [a]food of the land, you shall lift up an [b]offering to the Lord. 20 Of the first of your [c]dough you shall lift up a loaf as an [d]offering; as an [e]offering of the threshing floor, so you shall lift it up. 21 From the first of your [f]dough you shall give to the Lord an [g]offering throughout your generations.

22 ‘But when you unintentionally do wrong and fail to [h]comply with all these commandments which the Lord has spoken to Moses, 23 that is, all that the Lord has commanded you [i]through Moses from the day that the Lord gave commandments and onward, throughout your generations, 24 then it shall be, if it is done unintentionally, [j]without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one bull as a burnt offering, as a soothing aroma to the Lord, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the ordinance, and one male goat as a sin offering. 25 Then the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and they will be forgiven; for it was an unintentional wrong, and they have brought their offering, an offering by fire to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord, for their unintentional wrong. 26 So all the congregation of the sons of Israel will be forgiven, as well as the stranger who resides among them, for guilt was attributed to all the people through an unintentional wrong.

27 ‘Also, if one person sins unintentionally, then he shall offer a one-year-old female goat as a sin offering. 28 And the priest shall make atonement before the Lord for the person who goes astray by an unintentional sin, making atonement for him [k]so that he may be forgiven. 29 You shall have one law for the native among the sons of Israel and for the stranger who resides among them, for one who does anything wrong unintentionally. 30 But the person who does wrong [l]defiantly, whether he is a native or a stranger, that one is blaspheming the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Since he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his [m]guilt will be on him.’”


  1. Numbers 15:19 Lit bread
  2. Numbers 15:19 Or uplifted offering
  3. Numbers 15:20 Or coarse meal
  4. Numbers 15:20 Or uplifted offering
  5. Numbers 15:20 Or uplifted offering
  6. Numbers 15:21 Or coarse meal
  7. Numbers 15:21 Or uplifted offering
  8. Numbers 15:22 Lit perform all
  9. Numbers 15:23 Lit by the hand of
  10. Numbers 15:24 Lit away from the eyes of the congregation
  11. Numbers 15:28 Or and he shall
  12. Numbers 15:30 Lit with upraised hand
  13. Numbers 15:31 Or wrongdoing
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Numbers 15:17-31 New International Version (NIV)

17 The Lord said to Moses, 18 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking you 19 and you eat the food of the land, present a portion as an offering to the Lord. 20 Present a loaf from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing floor. 21 Throughout the generations to come you are to give this offering to the Lord from the first of your ground meal.

Offerings for Unintentional Sins

22 “‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the Lord gave Moses 23 any of the Lord’s commands to you through him, from the day the Lord gave them and continuing through the generations to come 24 and if this is done unintentionally without the community being aware of it, then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offering as an aroma pleasing to the Lord, along with its prescribed grain offering and drink offering, and a male goat for a sin offering.[a] 25 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven, for it was not intentional and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offering and a sin offering. 26 The whole Israelite community and the foreigners residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong.

27 “‘But if just one person sins unintentionally, that person must bring a year-old female goat for a sin offering. 28 The priest is to make atonement before the Lord for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven. 29 One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you.

30 “‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or foreigner, blasphemes the Lord and must be cut off from the people of Israel. 31 Because they have despised the Lord’s word and broken his commands, they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.’”


  1. Numbers 15:24 Or purification offering; also in verses 25 and 27
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