Leviticus 22:20
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New International Version
Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.

New Living Translation
Do not present an animal with defects, because the LORD will not accept it on your behalf.

English Standard Version
You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.

Berean Study Bible
You must not present anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.

New American Standard Bible
'Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you.

King James Bible
But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

Christian Standard Bible
You are not to present anything that has a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.

Good News Translation
If you offer any animal that has any defects, the LORD will not accept it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not to present anything that has a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf."

International Standard Version
However, whatever has a defect is not to be offered, because it won't be acceptable for you.

NET Bible
You must not present anything that has a flaw, because it will not be acceptable for your benefit.

New Heart English Bible
But whatever has a blemish, that you shall not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never bring any animal with a physical defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not bring; for it shall not be acceptable for you.

New American Standard 1977
‘Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But ye shall not offer any thing that has a blemish, for it shall not be acceptable for you.

King James 2000 Bible
But whatsoever has a blemish, that shall you not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

American King James Version
But whatever has a blemish, that shall you not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

American Standard Version
But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If it have a blemish you shall not offer it, neither shall it be acceptable.

Darby Bible Translation
Nothing that hath a defect shall ye present; for it shall not be acceptable for you.

English Revised Version
But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But whatever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

World English Bible
But whatever has a blemish, that you shall not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

Young's Literal Translation
nothing in which is blemish do ye bring near, for it is not for a pleasing thing for you.
Study Bible
Worthy Offerings
19must offer an unblemished male from the cattle, sheep, or goats in order for it to be accepted on your behalf. 20You must not present anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. 21When a man presents a peace offering to the LORD from the herd or flock to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without blemish or defect to be acceptable.…
Cross References
Hebrews 9:14
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, purify our consciences from works of death, so that we may serve the living God!

1 Peter 1:19
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot.

Leviticus 1:3
If one's offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to offer an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for its acceptance before the LORD.

Leviticus 3:1
If one's offering is a peace offering and he offers an animal from the herd, whether male or female, he must present it without blemish before the LORD.

Leviticus 3:6
If, however, one's peace offering to the LORD is from the flock, he must present a male or female without blemish.

Numbers 19:2
"This is the statute of the law that the LORD has commanded: Instruct the Israelites to bring you an unblemished red heifer that has no defect and has never been placed under a yoke.

Numbers 29:8
Present as a pleasing aroma to the LORD a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram, and seven male lambs a year old, all unblemished,

Deuteronomy 15:21
But if an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 17:1
You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep with any defect or serious flaw, for that is detestable to the LORD your God.

Ezekiel 45:18
This is what the Lord GOD says: 'On the first day of the first month you are to take a young bull without blemish and purify the sanctuary.

Malachi 1:8
"When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is it not wrong? And when you present the lame and sick ones, is it not wrong? Why not offer them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you or show you favor?" asks the LORD of Hosts.

Malachi 1:14
"But cursed is the deceiver who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but sacrifices a defective animal to the Lord. For I am a great King," says the LORD of Hosts, "and My name is to be feared among the nations."

Treasury of Scripture

But whatever has a blemish, that shall you not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

Leviticus 22:25 Neither from a stranger's hand shall you offer the bread of your …

Deuteronomy 15:21 And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, …

Deuteronomy 17:1 You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God any bullock, or sheep, …

Malachi 1:8,13,14 And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if …







(20) But whatsoever hath a blemish.--Better. whatsoever hath, &c, without the "but," which is not in the original, and is not wanted. The general rule is here repeated as an introduction to the cases which are immediately to be specified. It will be seen that only quadrupeds are given and that fowls are not alluded to, because when people brought birds the Law did not require any distinction to be made between male and female, and during the second Temple no blemish disqualified a bird except the entire absence of a limb.

For whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer,.... Which is the general rule, the particulars of which are after given, and which has been imitated by the Heathens. The Egyptians, as they only sacrificed the males of beeves, so they were very curious in examining them, that they might be entirely pure and perfect (s); and it was a custom among the Romans, that such sheep should be chosen for sacrifice, in which there was nothing wanting (t); and so, among the Grecians, Homer (u) speaks of perfect goats offered in sacrifice to appease the gods:

for it shall not be acceptable for you; be grateful to God, and accepted by him on their account, if blemished; see Malachi 1:13.

(s) Heredot. Euterpe, sive, l. 2. c. 38. (t) Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. l. 4. (u) Iliad. 1. ver. 66. 22:1-33 Laws concerning the priests and sacrifices. - In this chapter we have divers laws concerning the priests and sacrifices, all for preserving the honour of the sanctuary. Let us recollect with gratitude that our great High Priest cannot be hindered by any thing from the discharge of his office. Let us also remember, that the Lord requires us to reverence his name, his truths, his ordinances, and commandments. Let us beware of hypocrisy, and examine ourselves concerning our sinful defilements, seeking to be purified from them in the blood of Christ, and by his sanctifying Spirit. Whoever attempts to expiate his own sin, or draws near in the pride of self-righteousness, puts as great an affront on Christ, as he who comes to the Lord's table from the gratification of sinful lusts. Nor can the minister who loves the souls of the people, suffer them to continue in this dangerous delusion. He must call upon them, not only to repent of their sins, and forsake them; but to put their whole trust in the atonement of Christ, by faith in his name, for pardon and acceptance with God; thus only will the Lord make them holy, as his own people.



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