Leviticus 1:7
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New International Version
The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.

New Living Translation
The sons of Aaron the priest will build a wood fire on the altar.

English Standard Version
and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.

New American Standard Bible
'The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.

King James Bible
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sons of Aaron the priest will prepare a fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.

International Standard Version
Aaron's sons, the priests, are to build a fire on the altar and arrange the wood over the fire.

NET Bible
and the sons of Aaron, the priest, must put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.

New Heart English Bible
The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay wood in order on the fire;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the sons of the priest Aaron will start a fire on the altar and lay the wood on the fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay wood in order upon the fire.

New American Standard 1977
‘And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Aaron, the priest, shall put fire upon the altar and lay the wood in order upon the fire.

King James 2000 Bible
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:

American King James Version
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay the wood in order on the fire:

American Standard Version
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay wood in order upon the fire;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And shall put fire on the altar, having before laid in order a pile of wood:

Darby Bible Translation
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay wood in order on the fire;

English Revised Version
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay wood in order upon the fire:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire.

World English Bible
The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay wood in order on the fire;

Young's Literal Translation
and the sons of Aaron the priest have put fire on the altar, and arranged wood on the fire;
(7) And the sons of Aaron.--The priests are to put the fire upon the altar, because they offered the sacrifice upon the altar. This applies to the first burnt offering which was offered upon the newly-erected altar, since afterwards the fire was always burning, and was never allowed to go out (Leviticus 6:13).

And lay the wood.--No other fuel but wood was allowed for the altar, and no one was allowed to bring it from his own house, but it had to be the wood of the congregation. (Comp. Nehemiah 10:34; Nehemiah 13:31.) It had to be of the best kind; worm-eaten wood or timber from pulled-down buildings was not allowed.

Verse 7. - The priest shall put fire upon the altar. The fire once kindled was never to be allowed to go out (Leviticus 6:13). Unless, therefore, these words refer to the first occasion only on which a burnt sacrifice was offered, they must mean "make up the fire on the altar" or it might possibly have been the practice, as Bishop Wordsworth (after Maimonides) supposes, that fresh fire was added to the altar fire before each sacrifice. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar,.... The fire of the altar originally came down from heaven, and consumed the sacrifice, and which was a token of God's acceptance of it, see Leviticus 9:24 and this fire was kept burning continually upon the altar, Leviticus 6:12 and yet the Jewish writers say, it was the command of God, according to this passage, that fire should be brought from another place and put here; Jarchi's note on the text is,"though fire came down from heaven, it was commanded to bring it from a common or private place:''and Maimonides (r) says the same thing, and so it is often said in the Talmud (s); and this, as Gersom observes, was not done by any but a priest in the time of his priesthood, or when clothed with his priestly garments; and so in the Talmud it is said, that the putting fire upon the altar belonged to the priesthood, but not flaying or cutting in pieces (t): this fire denoted the wrath of God, revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men, and which is the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, and all the workers of iniquity; and which Christ endured for his people in human nature, when he bore their sins, and became a whole burnt offering for them:

and lay the wood in order upon the fire; the wood for the sacrifice was an offering of the people, brought to the temple at the times appointed, Nehemiah 10:34 where was a place called , "the wood room", or "wood chamber", and which was in the northeast part of the court of the women; and here such priests as had blemishes wormed the wood, or searched the wood for worms; for whatsoever wood had a worm found in it, it was not fit to be laid upon the altar; and it was from hence the priests fetched the wood and laid it on the altar (u); for a private person might not bring it from his own house for his offering (w), though it was provided by the congregation (x), and brought thither by private persons; and it might be any sort of wood but that of the vine and olive (y), which were not used, because they did not burn well, and were soon reduced to ashes; and because such a consumption would be made of such useful trees hereby, that there would be no wine or oil in the land of Israel, so necessary for private and religious uses. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "the pile of wood being laid before": that is, before the fire was put upon the altar; but this is contrary to the text, for the wood was laid upon the fire, and therefore the fire must be first; the case seems to be this, the fire was first kindled, and then the wood laid in order upon it.

(r) Hilchot. Tamidin, c. 2. sect. 1.((s) T. Bab. Erubin, fol. 63. 1. Yoma, fol. 21. 2. & 53. 1.((t) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 26. 2. Vid. T. Bab. Zebachim, fol. 18. 1.((u) Misn. Middot, c. 2. sect. 5. (w) Issure Mizbeach, c. 5. sect. 13. T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 27. 1.((x) T. Bab. Menachot, fol. 22. 1.((y) Misn. Tamid, c. 2. sect. 3. & T. Bab. Tamid, fol. 29. 2.1:3-9 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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