The Lord God said: On the first day of the first month, a young bull that has nothing wrong with it must be offered as a sacrifice to purify the temple. 19
The priest will take some blood from this sacrifice and smear it on the doorposts of the temple, as well as on the four corners of the altar and on the doorposts of the gates that lead into the inner courtyard. 20
The same ceremony must also be done on the seventh day of the month, so that anyone who sins accidentally or without knowing it will be forgiven, and so that my temple will remain holy. 21
Beginning on the fourteenth day of the first month, and continuing for seven days, everyone will celebrate Passover and eat bread made without yeast. 22
On the first day, the ruler will bring a bull to offer as a sacrifice for his sins and for the sins of the people. 23
Each day of the festival he is to bring seven bulls and seven rams as sacrifices to please me, and he must bring a goat as a sacrifice for sin. These animals must have nothing wrong with them. 24
He will also provide nine kilograms of grain and three liters of olive oil to be offered with each bull and each ram. 25
The Festival of Shelters will begin on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and will continue for seven days. On each day of this festival, the ruler will provide the same number of animals that he did each day during Passover, as well as the same amount of grain and olive oil for the sacrifices.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®. Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. Used by permission.