|Leviticus 5 |
1 And if a soul sins by failing to testify after being sworn, when he has heard or seen as a witness, whether he has seen or known of it; if he does not report it, then he shall bear his iniquity.
2 Or if a soul touches any unclean thing, whether it is a carcass of an unclean beast, or a carcass of unclean cattle, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and even if he was unaware of it, he also shall be unclean and guilty.1
3 Or if he touch the uncleanness of man, whatever uncleanness it is that has defiled a man; and even if he is unaware at the time, when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty.
4 Or if a soul swears, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatever it is that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and he was unaware at the time; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.
5 And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing.
6 And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD for his sin that he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, as a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.
7 And if he is not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he has committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, to the LORD; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.
8 And he shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer what is for the sin offering first, and wring off his head from his neck, but shall not divide it into parts.
9 And he shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar; it is a sin offering.
10 And he shall offer the second dove or pigeon for a burnt offering, according to the manner [previously described]; and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin that he has committed, and it shall be forgiven him.
11 But if he is not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he who sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of a ephah [bushel] of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any incense on it; for it is a sin offering.
12 Then he shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, as a memorial, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire to the LORD; it is a sin offering.
13 And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he has sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remainder shall be the priest's, as a food offering.
14 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
15 "If a soul commits a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass to the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with your estimation by shekels of silver, defined by the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering.
16 And he shall make amends for the harm that he has done in the holy thing, and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to the priest; and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.
17 And if a soul sins, and commits any of these things that are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he was not aware of it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with your estimation, for a trespass offering, to the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance in which he erred and was not aware of it, and it shall be forgiven him.
19 It is a trespass offering: he has certainly trespassed against the LORD.
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1 Notice! Ignorance of the sin is no excuse. It is still charged against him as guilty. Christendom, when you see the truth, that God does not tolerate sin, that Jesus does not excuse a life of continuing sin, when you understand that sin includes: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lack of restraint, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfishness, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, sexual immorality, pride, hatred, lying, envy, wanting more, partying, foolishness..etc. — there will be no excuse for you having believed your priest's or minister's lies.
Now ask yourself. What about the sins you commit that you know are wrong? If God deems a person guilty who sins unaware, how much worse is your punishment for sinning while aware? And that servant who knew his lord's will and did not prepare himself or does not do according to his will shall be beaten with many blows.
But he who does not know and does things worthy of blows shall be beaten with few blows. For to whoever much is given, much will be required of him; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask more. Luke 12:47-48.
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