Leviticus 1:4
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New International Version
You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you.

New Living Translation
Lay your hand on the animal's head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him.

English Standard Version
He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

New American Standard Bible
'He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf.

King James Bible
And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering so it can be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

International Standard Version
He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted for him as an atonement on his behalf.

NET Bible
He must lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf.

New Heart English Bible
He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Place your hand on the animal's head. The burnt offering will be accepted to make peace with the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

New American Standard 1977
‘And he shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering, and he shall accept it to reconcile him.

King James 2000 Bible
And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

American King James Version
And he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

American Standard Version
And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he shall put his hand upon the head of the victim, and it shall be acceptable, and help to its expiation.

Darby Bible Translation
And he shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

English Revised Version
And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

World English Bible
He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Young's Literal Translation
and he hath laid his hand on the head of the burnt-offering, and it hath been accepted for him to make atonement for him;
Study Bible
Laws for Burnt Offerings
3'If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. 4He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. 5'He shall slay the young bull before the LORD; and Aaron's sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting.…
Cross References
Exodus 28:38
"It shall be on Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall take away the iniquity of the holy things which the sons of Israel consecrate, with regard to all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

Exodus 29:10
"Then you shall bring the bull before the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the bull.

Exodus 29:15
"You shall also take the one ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram;

Exodus 29:33
"Thus they shall eat those things by which atonement was made at their ordination and consecration; but a layman shall not eat them, because they are holy.

Leviticus 3:2
'He shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and slay it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood around on the altar.

Leviticus 3:8
and he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and slay it before the tent of meeting, and Aaron's sons shall sprinkle its blood around on the altar.

Leviticus 4:4
'He shall bring the bull to the doorway of the tent of meeting before the LORD, and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull and slay the bull before the LORD.

Leviticus 4:20
'He shall also do with the bull just as he did with the bull of the sin offering; thus he shall do with it. So the priest shall make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.

Leviticus 4:26
All its fat he shall offer up in smoke on the altar as in the case of the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings. Thus the priest shall make atonement for him in regard to his sin, and he will be forgiven.

Leviticus 4:29
'He shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and slay the sin offering at the place of the burnt offering.
Treasury of Scripture

And he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

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Leviticus 3:2,8,13 And he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it …

Leviticus 4:4,15,24,29 And he shall bring the bullock to the door of the tabernacle of the …

Leviticus 8:14,22 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his …

Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, …

Exodus 29:10,15,19 And you shall cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle …

Numbers 8:12 And the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bullocks: …

Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did …

2 Corinthians 5:20,21 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

be accepted

Leviticus 22:21,27 And whoever offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to …

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful …

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

atonement

Leviticus 4:20,26,31,35 And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a …

Leviticus 5:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD for his sin …

Leviticus 6:7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD…

Leviticus 9:7 And Moses said to Aaron, Go to the altar, and offer your sin offering, …

Leviticus 16:24 And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put …

Numbers 15:25,28 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of …

Numbers 25:13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of …

2 Chronicles 29:23,24 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Romans 3:25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, …

Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should …

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but …

(4) And he shall put his hand.--Or, lay his hand, as the same phrase is rendered in Leviticus 3:2-3; Leviticus 3:17, &c. The laying on of hands by the offerer on the victim was enjoined not only in the case of burnt offerings, but also in peace offerings (Leviticus 3:2; Leviticus 3:7; Leviticus 3:13; Leviticus 8:22, &c.) and in sin offerings (Leviticus 4:4; Leviticus 4:15; Leviticus 4:24; Leviticus 4:29; Leviticus 4:33; Leviticus 8:14, &c.). The offerer indicated thereby both the surrender of his ownership of the victim, and the transfer to it of' the feelings by which he was influenced in performing this act of dedication to the Lord. From the practice which obtained during the second Temple, we know that the offerer himself laid both his hands between the two horns of the animal whilst alive, and that no proxy could do it. If several offered one sacrifice, each one laid his hand separately on the victim, confessing his sins and saying, "I have sinned, I have committed iniquity, I have transgressed and I have done this and this, but I repent before Thee, and this is my atonement."

Accepted for him.--That is, his offer will be acceptable before the Lord, when the offerer thus complies with the prescribed sacrificial regulations. (Comp. Leviticus 1:3.)

To make atonement for him.--As the imposition of hands, confession, repentance, and prayer accompanied this sacrifice, and, moreover, as these acts secure for the offerer acceptance with God, hence expiatory virtue is here and elsewhere ascribed to this burnt offering (Leviticus 14:20; Leviticus 16:24; Micah 6:6; Job 1:5; Job 42:8), which belongs more especially to sin and trespass offerings (Leviticus 4:20; Leviticus 4:26; Leviticus 4:31; Leviticus 4:35; Leviticus 5:16; Leviticus 5:18; Leviticus 7:7, &c.).

Verse 4. - And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering. This putting, or forcibly leaning, the hand on the victim's head, which is the most essential part of the oblation of the victim, was a symbolical act implying "This animal is now for present purposes myself, and its life is my life." It was this act of identification with the offerer which made it be accepted for him to make atonement (literally, covering) for him. The sin offering is the sacrifice which especially symbolizes and ceremonially effects atonement, but the idea of atonement is not absent from the burnt sacrifice. The aspect under which atonement is presented here and elsewhere in the Old Testament is that of covering. But it is not the sin that is covered, but the sinner. Owing to his sin, the latter is exposed to the wrath of a just God, but something intervenes whereby he is covered, and he ceases, therefore, to attract the Divine anger and punishment. No longer being an object of wrath, he becomes at once an object of benevolence and mercy. The covering provided by a sacrifice is the blood or life of an animal, symbolically representing the offerer's own life freely surrendered by him for his acceptance, and typically foreshadowing the blood of Christ. And he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering,.... According to the Targum of Jonathan, it was his right hand; but it is generally thought by the Jewish writers that both hands were laid on; so Ben Gersom and Aben Ezra, with whom Maimonides (e) agrees, who says, he that lays on hands ought to lay on with all his strength, with both his hands upon the head of the beast, as it is said, "upon the head of the burnt offering": not upon the neck, nor upon the sides; and there should be nothing between his hands and the beast: and as the same writer says (f), it must be his own hand, and not the hand of his wife, nor the hand of his servant, nor his messenger; and who also observes (g), that at the same time he made confession over the burnt offering both of his sins committed against affirmative and negative precepts: and indeed by this action he owned that he had sinned, and deserved to die as that creature he brought was about to do, and that he expected pardon of his sin through the death of the great sacrifice that was a type of. Moreover, this action signified the transferring of his sins from himself to this sacrifice, which was to be offered up to make atonement for them; so Gersom observes; see Leviticus 16:21. This denotes the translation of our sins from us, and the imputation of them to Christ, who was offered up in our room and stead, to make atonement for them, as follows:

and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him: that is, the burnt offering should be accepted in his room and stead, and hereby an atonement of his sins should be made for him, typical of that true, real, and full atonement made by the sacrifice of Christ, which this led his faith unto.

(e) Hilchot Maaseh Hakorbanot, c. 3. sect. 13. (f) Hilchot Maaseh Hakorbanot, c. 3. sect. 8. Vid. T. Bab. Menachot, fol. 93. 2.((g) Ib. sect. 14. 4. shall put his hand upon the head—This was a significant act which implied not only that the offerer devoted the animal to God, but that he confessed his consciousness of sin and prayed that his guilt and its punishment might be transferred to the victim.

and it shall be—rather, "that it may be an acceptable atonement."1:3-9 In the due performance of the Levitical ordinances, the mysteries of the spiritual world are represented by corresponding natural objects; and future events are exhibited in these rites. Without this, the whole will seem unmeaning ceremonies. There is in these things a type of the sufferings of the Son of God, who was to be a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world? The burning body of an animal was but a faint representation of that everlasting misery, which we all have deserved; and which our blessed Lord bore in his body and in his soul, when he died under the load of our iniquities. Observe, 1. The beast to be offered must be without blemish. This signified the strength and purity that were in Christ, and the holy life that should be in his people. 2. The owner must offer it of his own free will. What is done in religion, so as to please God, must be done by love. Christ willingly offered himself for us. 3. It must be offered at the door of the tabernacle, where the brazen altar of burnt-offerings stood, which sanctified the gift: he must offer it at the door, as one unworthy to enter, and acknowledging that a sinner can have no communion with God, but by sacrifice. 4. The offerer must put his hand upon the head of his offering, signifying thereby, his desire and hope that it might be accepted from him, to make atonement for him. 5. The sacrifice was to be killed before the Lord, in an orderly manner, and to honour God. It signified also, that in Christians the flesh must be crucified with its corrupt affections and lust. 6. The priests were to sprinkle the blood upon the altar; for the blood being the life, that was it which made atonement. This signified the pacifying and purifying of our consciences, by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ upon them by faith. 7. The beast was to be divided into several pieces, and then to be burned upon the altar. The burning of the sacrifice signified the sharp sufferings of Christ, and the devout affections with which, as a holy fire, Christians must offer up themselves, their whole spirit, soul, and body, unto God. 8. This is said to be an offering of a sweet savour. As an act of obedience to a Divine command, and a type of Christ, this was well-pleasing to God; and the spiritual sacrifices of Christians are acceptable to God, through Christ, 1Pe 2:5.
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