Numbers 15:22
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New International Version
"'Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the LORD gave Moses--

New Living Translation
"But suppose you unintentionally fail to carry out all these commands that the LORD has given you through Moses.

English Standard Version
“But if you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments that the LORD has spoken to Moses,

New American Standard Bible
'But when you unwittingly fail and do not observe all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken to Moses,

King James Bible
And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you sin unintentionally and do not obey all these commands that the LORD spoke to Moses--

International Standard Version
"Here's what you are to do when you all go astray and fail to observe all these commands that the LORD had spoken to Moses,

NET Bible
"'If you sin unintentionally and do not observe all these commandments that the LORD has spoken to Moses--

New Heart English Bible
"'When you shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken to Moses,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Suppose you unintentionally do something wrong by not obeying all these commands the LORD gave Moses.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when ye shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,

New American Standard 1977
‘But when you unwittingly fail and do not observe all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken to Moses,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when ye err and do not observe all these commandments which the LORD has spoken unto Moses,

King James 2000 Bible
And if you have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken unto Moses,

American King James Version
And if you have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken to Moses,

American Standard Version
And when ye shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if through ignorance you omit any of these things, which the Lord hath spoken to Moses,

Darby Bible Translation
And if ye sin inadvertently, and do not all these commandments, which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses,

English Revised Version
And when ye shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,

Webster's Bible Translation
And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments which the LORD hath spoken to Moses,

World English Bible
"'When you shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which Yahweh has spoken to Moses,

Young's Literal Translation
'And when ye err, and do not all these commands which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses,
Study Bible
Offerings for Unintentional Sins
21'From the first of your dough you shall give to the LORD an offering throughout your generations. 22But when you unwittingly fail and do not observe all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken to Moses, 23even all that the LORD has commanded you through Moses, from the day when the LORD gave commandment and onward throughout your generations,…
Cross References
Leviticus 4:2
"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'If a person sins unintentionally in any of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, and commits any of them,

Numbers 15:21
'From the first of your dough you shall give to the LORD an offering throughout your generations.

Numbers 15:23
even all that the LORD has commanded you through Moses, from the day when the LORD gave commandment and onward throughout your generations,
Treasury of Scripture

And if you have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD has spoken to Moses,

This law concerning sins of ignorance, being entirely diverse from one before considered, occasions considerable difficulty. Some explain that law as relating to sins of commission, this to sins of omission; others explain the one of inadvertent violations of the moral law, and the other of the transgressions of the ceremonial law; and some think that related to the whole nation, this to anyone tribe; or that to the bulk of the nation, this to the rulers and elders. The Jews say, that the former law referred to such national transgressions through heedlessness, as consisted with the maintenance of the prescribed worship in the main; but that this especially respected the case of the nation, when through inattention, and the example and authority of wicked rulers, they had turned aside and committed idolatry, or conducted their worship directly contrary to law; yet through a culpable ignorance, and not in presumption. This was evidently the case under several of their kings; and the explanation seems well grounded.

Leviticus 4:2,13,14,22,27 Speak to the children of Israel, saying…

Leviticus 5:13,15-17 And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin …

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall …

(22) And if ye have erred, and not observed.--Rather, And if ye shall err and not observe.

Verse 22. - And if ye have erred. The absence of the usual formula, "and the Lord spake unto Moses," is singular, because what follows has reference not to the enactment just made, but to the whole Law. Perhaps it is a part of the thoroughly unscientific and inartificial character of the Mosaic legislation that a principle of extreme importance and wide application is appended to an insignificant matter of ceremonial. Provision is here made for the forgiveness of sins due to ignorance and oversight - a provision which was sorely needed, considering the great complexity of the Law, and the bad training they had for the accurate observance of it (Deuteronomy 12:8). A similar provision had been made in Leviticus 4. The two, however, differ, inasmuch as this contemplates sins of commission, while this contemplates sins of omission. And if ye have erred,.... Gone astray from the law of God, and any of its precepts; every sin is an error, a missing of the mark, a wandering from the way of God's commandments. Jarchi, and the Jews in general, interpret this of idolatry, but it rather respects any deviation from the law, moral or ceremonial, especially the latter:

and not observed all these commandments which the Lord hath spoken unto Moses; in this chapter, more particularly concerning the meat offerings and drink offerings, and the quantity of them, to be brought along with their burnt offerings and peace offerings, and concerning the cake of the first dough to be heaved before the Lord and given to the priest. 22. if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, etc.—respecting the performance of divine worship, and the rites and ceremonies that constitute the holy service. The law relates only to any omission and consequently is quite different from that laid down in Le 4:13, which implies a transgression or positive neglect of some observances required. This law relates to private parties or individual tribes; that to the whole congregation of Israel.15:22-29 Though ignorance will in a degree excuse, it will not justify those who might have known their Lord's will, yet did it not. David prayed to be cleansed from his secret faults, those sins which he himself was not aware of. Sins committed ignorantly, shall be forgiven through Christ the great Sacrifice, who, when he offered up himself once for all upon the cross, seemed to explain one part of the intention of his offering, in that prayer, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. It looked favourably upon the Gentiles, that this law of atoning for sins of ignorance, is expressly made to extend to those who were strangers to Israel.
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