When the nation of Israel disobeys me without meaning to, the whole nation is still guilty. 14
Once you realize what has happened, you must sacrifice a young bull to ask my forgiveness. Lead the bull to the entrance of the sacred tent, 15
where your tribal leaders will lay their hands on its head, before having it killed in my presence. 16
The priest will take a bowl of the animal's blood inside the sacred tent, 17
dip a finger in the blood, and sprinkle some of it seven times toward the sacred chest behind the curtain. 18
Then, in my presence, he must smear some of the blood on each of the four corners of the incense altar, before pouring out the rest at the foot of the bronze altar near the entrance to the tent. 19-21
After this, the priest will remove the fat from the bull and send it up in smoke on the altar. Finally, he will burn its remains outside the camp, just as he did with the other bull. By this sacrifice the sin of the whole nation will be forgiven. Lord
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®. Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. Used by permission.